It was a rocky start for the Logan High School softball team on Wednesday night as Wyoming East leadoff centerfielder Chelsey Adkins ripped an opposite field homer off Lady Cats’ pitcher Steph Curry.
But no worries.
Logan’s freshman hurler settled down and led the Lady Cats to an 8-2 victory over the Lady Warriors at the Logan Softball Complex.
Logan improved to 11-0 on the season with the win.
Curry went the distance, going seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
A telling statistic in the game was this.
No Logan batter struck out for the entire game.
Every Lady Cat player got the bat on the ball and put it into play as Logan used timely hitting, small ball, skillful baserunning and outstanding defense to bury Wyoming East.
It was another fine showing for the Logan softball program which is trying to re-establish themselves after last year’s injury-riddled 12-18 season from a year ago that ended the Lady Cats’ string of four straight state tournament appearances.
It’s still early in the season but Logan is looking like a state tourney caliber team once again.
“It was a little slow start today but we wanted to give Steph an opportunity to pitch,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said. “It was her second start and I think that she was a little bit nervous throwing at home but she did a fine job. We settled down and scored some runs and played some excellent defense.”
Logan made some fine defensive plays in the field.
In the top of the third inning with Logan leading 2-1, Lady Cat second baseman Shelby Hale made a diving stop deep in the hole to her left to save a run and hold Adrienne Mullins to an infield single.
Then in the seventh, Logan shortstop Taylor Napier ranged far to her right on a grounder and gunned down Wyoming East pitcher Kaitlyn Mills by a step.
LHS outfielders Summer Collins and Hannah Kolovich also made two good running catches.
“We made some really nice defensive plays,” Robinette said. “Napier had an excellent stop and so did Hale. We also had a couple of nice run-ins in the outfield. Our defense played well. We got some good pitching and some good hitting and that’s the key to winning. Wyoming East is not a bad ballclub. They are very good. We just need to keep rolling along and play hard. That’s the key.”
Wyoming East fell to 4-3 with the loss.
Logan third baseman Sam Curry was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Collins was 2-for-4 with a bunt single and a slap double. Steph Curry was 2-for-3 with a double.
Catcher Chastidy Wiley was 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Napier was 1-for-2 at the plate with a two-run double and a sac bunt.
Kolovich had a hit and a sacrifice bunt. Aarron Ward, playing first base, had a single as did Ashton Spry. Hale also had one RBI in the game.
Pertee was 2-for-3 with a double. Other than the home by Adkins in the first, Mullins added an infield single. Morgan Adkins also drove in a run.
After the 1-0 lead after one-half inning following the home run, Logan bounced back to tie it in the last half of the frame.
Collins, Logan’s leadoff slap-hitting lefty, got it started with a bunt single. Kolovich moved her to second with a bunt and Wiley later drove her in with an RBI groundout to short.
Logan made it 2-1 in the second as Curry doubled to the left centerfield fence, was bunted to third by Napier and scored on Hale’s RBI bounce out to second.
Wyoming East tied it 2-2 in the third as Pertee doubled and later scored on a flyout to right by Morgan Adkins.
The Lady Cats went up for good in the bottom of the third as Kolovich led off with a single and her pinch-runner Allison Click later scored on Sam Curry’s RBI double to make it 3-2.
LHS then plated four runs in the fifth inning, sending eight batters to the dish.
Collins got it started with a slap double to right field. She then scored on Wiley’s RBI double to center as Wyoming East center fielder Chelsey Adkins and left fielder Harley McBride collided.
After a Ward single, Sam Curry then chopped a two-run double over the third base bag to make it 6-2 Logan.
Three batters later, Napier laced a two-run double to left as Logan expanded the lead to 8-2.
Steph Curry got East out one, two, three in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to end the game.
Mills allowed eight runs and 12 hits with no strikeouts and no walks over six innings.
Robinette praised his team’s offensive production.
“Everything that we do hitting-wise that all goes back to (assistant coach) Lindsay Noe,” he said. “She has done a great job with the hitters. Her job is to do the hitting and she’s doing a magnificent job in getting them to understand what she is teaching them. I give her a lot of credit for the hitting. The kids are working hard. It is really paying off for us. If you look to where we were last year in hitting as to where we are now it’s the difference of day and night. The kids have worked hard. Lindsay needs to get her just due. She’s done a whale of a job with our hitters.”
With the 11-0 record Logan is just one more win from matching last year’s win total.
“All we asked out of them this year was to play hard. We’ve done that in every game,” Robinette said. “We’ve got some good victories early and the kids are starting to believe in themselves. We’re a good ballclub. We’re enjoying the kids having success, especially the ones that came off last year’s team. That was a downer for all of us. We were better than a 12-18 team, however, with all of the injuries it just decimated us. The kids really tried hard but the injury bug was what it was last year. I’m really glad to see them have some success because they are really having some fun playing. We’ve really shown a lot of improvement.”
Logan was scheduled to return to action with Thursday night’s home game against Winfield. The Lady Cats then go to Point Pleasant on Friday and host Nitro on April 16.
2014 Logan High School
Softball Schedule (11-0):
March 25: Chapmanville, ppd.
March 26: at Lincoln County, ppd.
March 27: at South Charleston, W 3-2
March 28: Point Pleasant, W 1-0
March 29: at Scott, ppd.
March 31: St. Albans, W 4-3
April 1: at Winfield, W 6-3
April 2: at Nitro, W 13-2
April 3: South Charleston, ppd.
April 4: vs. Nicholas County (at Chapmanville tournament), W 8-2
April 5: vs. James Monroe (at Chapmanville tournament), W 9-0
April 5: vs. Sissonville at Chapmanville Tournament, W 5-0
April 7: at Man, W 2-0
April 8: at Sherman, W 10-2
April 9: Wyoming East, W 8-2
April 10: Winfield, 5:30 p.m.
April 11: at Point Pleasant, 5:30 p.m.
April 16: Nitro, 5:30 p.m.
April 17-19: at Best of the Best Tournament (at Buffalo), TBA.
April 21: at St. Albans, 5:30 p.m.
April 22: at George Washington, 5:30 p.m.
April 23: at Chapmanville, 5:30 p.m.
April 24: Lincoln County, 5:30 p.m.
April 25: Scott, 5:30 p.m.
April 26: Pikeview (DH), 1 p.m.
April 28: Man, 5:30 p.m.
April 29: Sherman, 5:30 p.m.
April 30: at Wyoming East, 5:30 p.m.
May 2: Chapmanville, 5:30 p.m.