While there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the Community R-VI Lady Trojans would play their first round softball game last Wednesday due to a possible Van-Far forfeit, the situation didn’t hurt the focus of the players.
The Lady Trojans, who almost received a first round bye in Class 1, District 4 before MSHSAA officials approved an appeal made by Van-Far, ended up playing rival Wellsville-Middletown as previously scheduled at Clopton.
Community R-VI jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Trojans scored two more runs in the third and one in the fourth to go up 4-0.
Wellsville-Middletown scored two times in the sixth inning but they couldn’t overcome Community R-VI’s nine-hit attack in the 4-2 loss.
Both Kate Smith and Danielle Brooks went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Danie Jackson added two hits and two RBI.
“A great team win for our girls,” said Community R-VI head coach Nathan Carroz.
Pitcher Samm Jett earned the complete-game victory after tossing seven innings and striking out six with two earned runs.
“Samm Jett pitched a very solid game and we were able to give her just enough run support,” Carroz added.
In the district semifinals, the Lady Trojans were shut out by Clopton, 10-0.
The Lady Hawks scored four runs through the first two innings before adding six runs over the fourth and fifth innings. They had 13 hits in the win while the Lady Trojans’ defense made three errors.
Amber Harrison, Jackson, and Jett each had one hit in the loss.
“We were not able to get our bats going,” Carroz added.
Jett picked up the loss on the mount after tossing 4.2 innings and allowing six earned runs on 13 hits with just one strikeout.
“I am proud of the hard work and overall effort of the girls this year,” Carroz said.
The loss meant it was the final game for seniors Samm Jett, Kate Smith, Danielle Brooks, Courtney Bertels, and Mikyla Clubb Wagner.