The Logan High School softball team scored a big Senior Night win on Tuesday night at home over Sherman, 6-3, at the Logan Softball Complex.
The Lady Cats were one senior short, however.
Starting third baseman and senior Sam Curry attended the game and was honored beforehand during the Senior Night festivities but did not play.
That’s because she had injured her knee in last week’s loss at home to Lincoln County — the same knee she has hurt in the past. She could be out for the season.
That’s bad news for the Class AAA No. 2-ranked Lady Cats, which are scheduled to face off with Nitro and St. Albans beginning next Tuesday in the sectional tourney at Nitro High School. Logan, now 21-3, has shown great improvement after last year’s 12-18 hiccup and hope to make a return to the state tournament.
Being without Curry would be a great loss.
Still, the Lady Cats are in a good position — much better than last year — to regain the sectional title next week. Logan has two games left in the regular season — a contest at Wyoming East on Wednesday and a home makeup game with Chapmanville on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Logan honored Curry and its other senior players on Tuesday — outfielder Hannah “Kolo” Kolovich, catcher Chastidy Wiley, second baseman Shelby Hale and also Ciara Conley.
It was a good win over Sherman as the Lady Cats bounced back from a shaky third inning to turn a 3-3 tie into a 6-3 win.
Kolovich delivered the big blow, a two-run triple for the eventual game winner. Pitcher Aarron Ward went yard in the first inning with a three-run homer and notched the win within the circle.
The Logan softball team was able to get in the game despite rain all morning. The field was in good condition and it turned out to be a pleasant evening with sunny skies and a game time temperature of 76 degrees. Expected rain on Tuesday night never materialized.
Logan committed three errors in the game, two in the third inning alone as Sherman (14-10) scored three unearned runs off Ward. Sherman also had three errors.
“Sometimes it’s just hard to play on Senior Night,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said. “Sometimes your focus just isn’t was it should be. We made some key errors in the first three innings that we have not made this year. We’ve had a couple days off, too. But we scored three more runs after they tied it up and played real well after that.”
Kolovich finished 3-for-4 for the game with a double, a triple and two RBI. Collins was 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Leadoff shortstop Kelsey Ward added a double.
“Kolo had a fine game and Collins had an RBI single,” Robinette said. “Aarron provided the first three runs with a nice shot.”
Aarron Ward had the three-run blast and was the starting and winning pitcher. She went five innings and allowed the three unearned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Hana Sedlock then pitched the final two innings in relief and notched the save. Sedlock retired all six batters she faced and fanned three.
Coach Robinette praised his seniors for sticking together. The group endured a very tough season a year ago but have helped the Lady Cats bounce back in a big way.
“We’ve done everything that we have asked them to do this year,” Robinette said. “They are the reason we are where we are because they vowed coming into this year that we weren’t going to do what we did last year. We are an improved ballclub over where we were last year. We are much better. Our senior bunch has taken it upon themselves and they have put us back on the map in softball in Class AAA in the state of West Virginia. Our seniors have provided us with great leadership.”
Robinette said Curry could be out for the rest of the season with her knee injury. Taylor Napier, Logan’s normal starting shortstop, moved to third base to replace her in the Sherman game. Napier spelled Curry at third last season when she was also injured. Curry had played this season with a knee brace.
“I really feel bad for Sam Curry going down in the Lincoln County game,” Robinette said. “It’s her knee again and I really hate to see that. She just went to field the ball and it gave out on her. She’s going to have an MRI. You never know what might happen.”
The Lady Cats wasted no time in getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning off Sherman starter Kylie Wells.
Kolovich got it started with a one-out double which short-hopping the right field fence. Collins then had a bunt single and Ward then stepped up and hammered a three-run homer beyond the left centerfield fence to make it 3-0 Lady Cats.
Helped along by two Logan errors, Sherman plated three runs in the top of the third. Hali Jarrell drove on two runs with a two-run single to right. Paige Halstead then drove in a run with a foul ball sacrifice fly to the right field corner as the Tide knotted it up 3-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, the left-handed hitting Kolovich ripped a curling two-run triple to the left center field fence scoring two as Logan led 5-3. Collins then stepped up and clubbed an RBI single to center, making it 6-3 and closing out the scoring.
Conley also had a sacrifice bunt for Logan.
LHS has won three straight games. Logan had swept Pikeview in a home doubleheader on Saturday. Monday’s scheduled home game with Man was rained out.
“We’ve got 21 wins now but the weather hasn’t been condusive to softball this week as it has been,” Robinette said. “We lost a game yesterday because of weather but we got this one in thankfully.”
Next Tuesday, Logan is the No. 1 seed in its three-team sectional at Nitro. The host Nitro Wildcats play St. Albans in Tuesday’s opener. Logan will then face the losing team.
The sectional continues on Wednesday with the championship round.
Logan went 0-2 in last year’s sectional tourney with a pair of losses to St. Albans. The Lady Cats battled injuries and illness last season as all three of its top pitchers were lost, forcing LHS to use position players within the circle.\
This time, Logan’s pitchers are healthy and armed and ready.
2014 Logan High School
Softball Schedule (21-3):
March 27: at South Charleston, W 3-2
March 28: Point Pleasant, W 1-0
March 31: St. Albans, W 4-3
April 1: at Winfield, W 6-3
April 2: at Nitro, W 13-2
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, W 2-1
April 11: at Point Pleasant, W 5-4
April 18: vs. Shady Spring at Best of the Best Tournament (at Buffalo), W 14-0
April 18: vs. Winfield at Best of the Best Tournament (at Buffalo), W 8-7
April 19: vs. Cabell Midland at Best of the Best Tournament (at Buffalo), L 1-3
April 19: vs. Lincoln County at Best of the Best Tournament (at Buffalo), L 0-8
April 21: at St. Albans, W 10-4
April 22: at George Washington, W 13-2
April 23: at Chapmanville, W 9-0
April 24: Lincoln County, L 5-9
April 26: Pikeview (DH), W 3-2, W 10-0
April 29: Sherman, W 6-3
April 30: at Wyoming East, late
May 2: Chapmanville, 5:30 p.m.
May 6: vs. St. Albans or Nitro (Class AAA sectional at Nitro), TBA
May 7: vs. St. Albans or Nitro (Class AAA sectional at Nitro), TBA