June 14, 2024

Knights softball goes perfect 4-0 in two doubleheaders

Lily Mahoney winds up to deliver a pitch to home plate for WCA in their game against Benson on the road May 8.

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Sam Peteron

Grant County Herald

The West Central Area softball team was on their game last week as they played two road doubleheaders against Benson and Minnewaska Area and finished with four victories. First, they battled Benson May 7 and came away with wins of 4-2 and 11-1. Just a day later, they were on the road again against Minnewaska Area and picked up two more wins by the scores of 13-6 and 7-6.

WCA 4

Benson 2

The Knights struck first on the road against the Braves. They scored one run in the top of the first and another in the top of the third to jump out to a 2-0 advantage.

Benson came back to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth and another in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-2 with one inning remaining.

WCA came through in the clutch with two runs in the top of the seventh to secure a 4-2 win.

The Knights out hit the Braves 6-3 in the game. Nora Anderson had a home run, Zoey Fuhrman totaled two doubles and Addison Staples, Madison Fagre and Nora Anderson all recorded hits for the Knights.

Lily Mahoney pitched for the Knights and recorded nine strikeouts.

WCA 11

Benson 1

Once the Knights got warmed up in the first game, they dismantled the Braves in the doubleheader finale. 

Benson scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, but that lead did not last long. 

The Knights were able to score in each inning they played with two runs in each of the first four innings and three more in the fifth to secure the 10-run win.

WCA racked up 12 hits in five innings and only allowed three hits on the other side. Three of the Knights hits were long balls from Fagre, Anderson and Staples. Fuhrman and Alaina Sykora both finished the game with multiple hits for the Knights.

Mahoney pitched all five innings and recorded two strikeouts.

WCA 13

Waska 6

The Knights kept the streak going in the opening game against Minnewaska Area, leading to a seven-run win.

The Knights scored two runs in the top of the first, but the Lakers came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead.

WCA tied the game with a run in the top of the third, but Minnewaska Area jumped back in front with a run in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth to make it 6-3.

The final three innings was all WCA. They scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead down to one. Then they went off for seven runs in the sixth to take the lead and added one more in the seventh to make the final score 13-6.

The Knights won the hitting battle 13-5 over the Lakers. Izzy Puchalski had her first career over-the-fence home run for the Knights. Fagre and Staples both finished with two doubles.

Mahoney pitched for WCA and recorded nine strikeouts.

WCA 7

Waska 6

The second game with the Lakers was a much closer contest. The two teams needed an extra inning, but thanks to a walk-off homer from Sykora in the eighth inning, the Knights picked up a 7-6 win.

The Lakers scored two runs in the top of the first, but WCA tied the game with one run in the first and another in the second.

Minnewaska Area looked like they might take control of the game with four runs in the top of the fifth, but the Knights matched those four runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-6. 

The game stayed locked at 6-6 and went into the eighth inning when Sykora ended the game with a walk-off homer to secure the win for the Knights.

The Knights outhit the Lakers 9-4 and the one thing keeping Minnewaska Area in the game was six WCA errors. 

Mahoney finished with a triple and Sykora had the biggest hit of the night with a homer.

Mahoney got the win on the mound, striking out nine batters. 

“Overall, we as coaches are more than delighted with how the girls performed in those four games. It was a lot of softball in a 24-hour period, but so many personal bests were achieved. Seven home runs in 24 hours is fun for them and fun for us,” head coach Vanessa McNamara said.

The team was back on the field for a road game against BOLD May 14. The final regular season game on the schedule is another road game against Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Thursday, May 16.

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