2017-04-16 / Sports

Lady Indians go 1-3 to open softball season

Chesaning’s varsity softball team now stands at 1-3 after dropping both ends of a season-opening doubleheader at Merrill and splitting a twin bill at home against Ithaca.

Erica Barta and Elizabeth Coon had the only two hits for CHS in the first game of the season at Merrill on Tuesday, April 4, as the Lady Indians lost by a 9-0 count. Taylor Gross took the loss on the slab as all but four of the nine Merrill runs were unearned.

“Our bats were cold and we committed some untimely errors,” explained Chesaning coach Ron Poyer.

Merrill prevailed, 15-7, in a Game Two slugfest as the Tribe again committed four errors which directly contributed to eight unearned runs for the Lady Vandals.

Barta, Gabby Escamilla and Sarah Minnis each had a pair of hits to pace the Tribe offense.

Last Tuesday, Chesaning dropped its home opener, 8-4, before bouncing back for a 15-0 win in the nightcap against Ithaca.

Coon and Miranda Dodak each had a pair of hits in the opener and Barta ripped an inside-the-park home run for Chesaning in the Game One loss.

Julia Bishop collected two hits and scored twice in the Game Two victory for the Lady Indians. Haylei Drope scored three times while Barta logged two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Escamilla finished with a hit and two RBI’s.

Gross hurled a no-hitter with four strike-outs and a walk in the three-inning mercy contest.

“Although it was not a typical win, it was still nice to see our girls get the win,” said Coach Poyer. “They took their walks and were patient at the plate, then took aggressive swings on the pitches they thought were good.”

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