Golden Bears shut out Beavers
WEST POINT – When offense didn’t work for the Oak Glen and Beaver Local softball teams, the focus turned to pitching.
Both sides were strong on the mound Thursday to make up for slow offense, but the Golden Bears had the upper hand with a consistent performance from Logan Andrews and Taylor McKay’s sixth inning RBI single to shut out the Beavers 1-0 at West Point Elementary.
“We did really good on defense,” Andrews said. “My team backed me up really well tonight.”
The Golden Bears improve to 10-7 as Andrews struck out 10 and walked two to pick up her first victory on the mound this season.
“I think the strikeouts really helped a lot,” Andrews said. “My drop curves were working really well. They (Beaver Local) weren’t really catching on to it.”
Andrews’ day on the mound made up for the lack of offense as the Golden Bears didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning, also thanks to Andrews.
“We could’ve gotten a little more gappers, a few more balls in the gaps,” Andrews said. “We could’ve gotten more clean shots instead of going to people.”
Then in the sixth inning, Taylor McKay came in and made her at-bat count, hitting an RBI single that brought in Emilee Phillips to score the game’s only run.
“We weren’t hitting as well as we usually do,” Andrews said. “Our hits came around though, and we scored the run when we needed it.”
Despite the slow performance in offense, the victory was well needed as coach Morgan Martin looked for a morale booster after struggling last week.
“We struggled last week, and this was a big game,” Martin said. “They needed to prove to themselves that they can win a tough game and they did that today. We have a great team and they know how to battle.”
The Beavers (3-6) had an answer in the pitcher’s duel courtesy of Courtney Messenger as she struck out six and walked no one, pleasing Beavers coach Rick Cashdollar.
“She went through the lineup a few times, both pitchers were good today,” Cashdollar said. “We gave up a run and it was from two base hits. There’s really not much you can say otherwise.”
Offense was also not on the side of the Beavers as they battled Andrews’ impressive pitching, but managed to get singles courtesy of Bobbie Ann Theiss, Bailee Rinestine and Jordan Simpson as well as a double from Kaitlyn Gibson.
Despite not capitalizing on the hits, Cashdollar saw a strong game from both teams and was impressed with the results.
“We got beat 1-0, and we had our chances,” Cashdollar said. “I was really happy with the way we played today.”
After the Easter holiday, the Beavers will have five straight games including two games against Brooke, Toronto, Steubenville and another with Oak Glen, but the team remains optimistic as it keeps busy next week..
“These are good games, and I think we’re still going to be good,” Cashdollar said.
Oak Glen travels is at East Fairmont on Saturday, while Beaver Local hosts a doubleheader with Wellsville on Saturday.
Duration of the game was one hour, 15 minutes.
This was a make-up game, originally scheduled for April 11.
Both teams are scheduled to meet again next Friday.
OG: Logan Andrews, wp (7IP, 10K, 2BB) and Mikayla Crane.
BL: Courtney Messenger, lp (7IP, 6K, 0BB) and Erika Withrow.