Webster County’s softball team turned in a pair of contrasting performances in scrimmages leading to its season-opener at 6 p.m. today at McLean County. The Lady Trojans hammered McLean last Tuesday, then edged Whitesville Trinity in a pitcher’s duel.
McLean Co. 1
Webster Co. 25
The Lady Trojans put up crooked numbers in every inning of the game, including nine runs in the third as they played musical bases to the tune of 25-1 over McLean County.
WCHS accumulated 21 RBIs on 17 hits in 28 official plate appearances. The locals also worked 15 walks in the win.
Chloe Papineau was the big bat for Webster, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Jenna Shelley connected on 2-for-4 with four runners batted in.
Karsyn Cates accounted for six runs on the afternoon, while Katelyn Cates touched the plate four times.
The Lady Trojans added hits from Alyssa Cartwright (2), Jadeyn Jackson (2), Kaylyn Braden, Avery Guill, Kennedy Warren, Mylie Whitledge, Karsyn Cates, Maddie Gray, Reagan Corbett, and Raynei Roy.
Runs came from Guill (3), Cartwright (2), Corbett (2), Warren (2), Mallory Leath, Shelley, Whitledge, and Roy.
Papineau gave up one hit and struck out eight in four shutout innings. Corbett scattered four hits and allowed one run while fanning four.
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Webster Co. 3
Webster tied the game in the third inning and went ahead in the fourth to defeat Whitesville Trinity, 3-1, Friday in Dixon.
In frigid conditions, the Lady Trojans rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the third after Trinity broke through in the top of the inning.
The Lady Raiders scored first on three consecutive two-out singles, but Webster quickly answered.
Mylie Whitledge and Alyssa Cartwright led off the home half of the third with back-to-back walks. They advanced to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Katelyn Cates. Then, with two outs on the board, the baserunners executed a double steal that scored Whitledge to tie the game, 1-1.
The Lady Trojans took the lead for good in the next inning after getting back-to-back singles from Jenna Shelley and Mallory Leath to start the rally.
Kaylyn Braden ran for Shelley and advanced to second base on Leath’s base hit. She and Leath stole third and second, respectively, ahead of a sacrifice fly to center field by Karsyn Cates that scored Braden to give WCHS a 2-1 advantage.
Kennedy Warren followed on a sacrifice bunt to advance Leath to third. Warren reached on an error to give the Lady Trojans runners on the corners with one out. Leath scored on a sacrifice bunt by Whitledge to set the final score.
Papineau tossed all five innings for Webster, allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10.
The Lady Trojans will open the home portion of their schedule Monday, hosting Dawson Springs at 6 p.m. They will follow with two more contests in the friendly confines, hosting Trigg County Tuesday and Crittenden County Thursday. Those games will start at 6 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.