Rough first inning dooms Wynford softball team

Rough first inning dooms Wynford softball team


Rough first inning dooms Wynford softball team


The Wynford softball team played a near perfect game other than the top of the first inning against Mohawk. The opening inning saw Mohawk hang a nine on the scoreboard as it went on to beat Wynford 10-0 in five innings.

The Warriors batted around in the inning collecting seven hits including a mammoth three run home run by junior Cambria Kohlenberg to put the final touches on the scoring for the inning. Seven different players drove in runs, and sophomore Chelsey Trusty and senior Chelsea Clinger both collected doubles. Warrior coach Bo Trusty knows it was a great inning, but saw his team start swinging for the fences.

“After Cambria’s home run, I noticed everyone started pressing and trying to hit one out. In turn, that produced a lot of easy fly balls that could have been solid line drives had we stayed focused,” Trusty said. “We are young in spots and it shows. The first game of the year, we made some errors against Colonel Crawford and ended up coming back to beat them. Tonight we jumped out early and lost our focus. That is just youth.”

Had the Royals been able to close out the first inning without giving up a run, the game would have been completely different. Mohawk did not score again until the top of the fifth, tacking on the run to put them over the run rule limit. But, between the first and the fifth, Mohawk went on cruise control and Wynford picked up their defensive play. Royals coach Catie Richman saw a different side to her team after that one bad inning.

“I was happy with the effort level and our defense. Had it not been for that first inning, we would have been right in the game. But, that is the game and how it goes sometimes,” Richman said.

Nine Mohawk batters collected hits led by Kohlenberg’s three hit night. She also added three RBI’s, three runs scored, and two stolen bases to go along with two singles and a homerun. Trusty collected two doubles, an RBI and scored a run. As a team, the Warriors were 11-27. They improve to 4-2 and 3-1 in Northern 10 league play. They will host Wynford on Friday.

Freshman Hannah Jordan earned the win on the mound allowing just one hit, striking out three and walking one in three innings of work. Senior Stacy Clouse followed up Jordan in a relief appearance allowing two hits, striking out two and walking three.

The Lady Royals were held to just three singles for the game. on the night, all of them. Freshmen Victoria Hoerig and Jenna Coffman both collected hits. But, the loudest cheer for the Royals came on a Marta Kovalyova tapper in front of the plate that led to an infield single. Kovalyova is a foreign exchange student spending her senior year at Wynford and has never played softball. This was her first hit of the season.

“Regardless of our record and where we are in a game, I just want these girls to have fun,” Richman said. “They seem to be doing that. When Marta got that hit they let out a huge cheer and that is what this game is all about. We are going to have rough seasons but as long as they have fun, that’s all that matters,” Richman said.

The Royals drop to 0-6 and 0-5 in the N10. They will travel to River Valley on Thursday looking for their first win.


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