KEYSER -Keyser's Lady Tornado has played three games thus far on the season; first a double header against Preston, and on Wednesday evening, the Tornado hosted Bishop Walsh. In three total games, Keyser has played a combined nine innings of softball.
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER -Keyser’s Lady Tornado has played three games thus far on the season; first a double header against Preston, and on Wednesday evening, the Tornado hosted Bishop Walsh. In three total games, Keyser has played a combined nine innings of softball.
That’s what happens when you play dominant softball as Keyser has been playing, your games get shortened to three innings if you are winning by ten or more runs; that’s been the case in every game thus far.
How dominant has Keyser’s first three games been? Well, in total, the Lady Tornado has defeated their opponents by a combined score of 35-1. In nine innings of play, Keyser’s batters have pounded out 30 hits behind the plate, while giving up only five hits to their opponents.
Against Bishop Walsh on Wednesday, Keyser exploded for a 10-run first inning, and yielded one run to the Spartans to take a 10-1 lead into the second inning. In the second inning, neither team scored. The Lady Tornado held the Spartans scoreless in the third inning but tacked on two runs of their own to secure the shortened, three-inning 12-1 victory.
Bishop Walsh would actually get on the scoreboard first when the Spartans’ Lauren Matthews scored on a Jeanna Judy double to go up 1-0. When it was their turn, Keyser went straight to work. The highlights of Keyser’s first inning include a grand slam by junior McKenna Myers, her first high school home run, followed up immediately by a home run from freshman Alexa Shoemaker, her second of the short season.
Keyser’s 11th run would come as McKenna Myers doubled to bring in Lucy Jordan in the third inning. Jordan had opened things up with a triple of her own. For the Lady Tornado, the 12th and final run would come as Alexa Shoemaker singled in first-year junior Marissa Guy.
At the plate, Keyser got tremendous offensive production, despite the game being shortened. McKenna Myers drove in five runs and scored one of her own with her grand slam and double. Alexa Shoemaker led the team in hits with three, two singles and a home run. Shoemaker drove in two RBI’s and scored two runs. Carlie Delsignore earned an RBI on a single and scored a run, Lucy Jordan added a triple and scored two runs, and Claire Delsignore also tripled, earning an RBI and also scored a run. Finally, Aubrey Smith singled and earned an RBI.
Aubrey Smith also earned the win at the plate, while striking out three and giving up two hits and the Spartans’ lone run in one inning. Alexa Shoemaker added a strikeout and failed to give up a hit in her inning pitched, while Aly Smith struck out two and gave up three hits in one inning of work.
Keyser (3-0) was scheduled to play Southern last night, due to the rain, that game has now been postponed to Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Tornado are scheduled to host Pendelton County today at 2 p.m. for a double-header.
While Keyser can expect much stiffer competition in the days and weeks ahead, the Lady Tornado are off to a hot start, both on the mound and behind the plate.