Girls Varsity Softball · Softball: Panthers are the Big Cat, beat East 12-0 in 5 innings

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Wildcats watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 12-0 loss to Orange on Tuesday. Orange took the lead on a single in the first inning.

The Wildcats struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Orange, giving up 12 runs. East’s best chance to get off the schneid came in the bottom of the 4th inning when they loaded the bases with 2 outs. Eleanor Steiner hit into a 4-3 groundout to end the threat.

Orange opened up scoring in the first inning, when Jaden Hurdle singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

One offensive bright spot for Wildcats was Ella Pedersen. She slapped a single by in the first inning and hit a double in the fifth.

Gracie Walker earned the victory in the circle for Orange. She went five innings, allowing zero runs on five hits and striking out six while walking only two.

Helena Harrison took the loss for Wildcats. She allowed 12 hits and nine runs, eight earned, over four innings of work, walking one. Elena Shapiro made her first appearance in the circle for East, pitching in relief in the fifth inning. She walked 2, gave up 2 hits. All 3 runs were earned.

Orange collected 14 hits on the day. Hurdle, Jackson, Walker, and Maddie Bartlett all managed multiple hits for Orange. In the 4th inning Jackson knocked a 3 RBI home run. Hurdle, batting next, took a 1-2 pitch deep for back-to-back round trippers. The next inning Jackson had a 2 out triple, driving in another run for Orange. Hurdle followed that act up with her second home run of the game, coming on her consecutive at-bats.

Orange was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Jackson had the most chances in the field with nine. East’s defense wasn’t terrible committing only a single error. Eight Wildcats were credited with at least a single put out in the field.

photo caption – Left fielder, Shelby Swanson, made the catch for the second out in the first inning.

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