John Marshall Sweeps Washington

GLEN DALE – Washington’s two day softball journey to the Northern Panhandle didn’t begin well yesterday afternoon as it was John Marshall that ended up having a “Good Friday.”

Coach Ed West watched his team break a scoreless tie with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning of the nightcap, thanks in large part to six Patriots’ errors, as the Monarchs earned an 8-0, five inning, victory against Washington to cap a double-header sweep at Monarch Field.

The Monarchs downed their Eastern Panhandle rivals by a 6-1 margin in the first game.

Washington missed a pair of scoring opportunities early on, as it stranded a runner at second on a one-out error in the third and left the bases loaded in the fourth.

Senior shortstop Sissy George gunned a runner down at the plate for the second out of the inning, while classmate Lexi Benline made a nice play at third with the bases loaded to end the threat.

John Marshall (14-3) broke through in the fourth when Bailey Filben reached on an error to lead off the frame, stole second and scored on George’s rocket to left field to make it 1-0.

Jessica Kinnick and Hannah Rogerson each reached on fielding erros to load the bases ahead of Megan Wise’s two-run single to right-center. Winning pitcher Jazmine Keller added a two-run base hit.

In all, the Monarchs pushed across seven runs in the inning on four hits and six Patriots’ errors, while sending 11 batters to the plate.

After a quick out in the bottom of the fifth, the Monarchs got the final run they needed thanks to a Hannah Rogerson single, two walks and the seventh, and final, Washington (7-7) error of the contest.

Keller, starting in the circle for just the second time this season, earned a victory as she faned three and walked one while allowing just two hits.

“Our pitching was good (Friday) on both ends,” West said. “We have the luxury of having four pitchers and these two were making just their first and second starts of the season.

“This was a well played double-header against a quaility team that has some nice wins. We got a couple of key hits in that big inning in the second game, but they also helped us out some with all those errors.

“We have been hitting the ball a lot better lately and if we keep that up we are going to continue to score runs and be a pretty good softball team.”

Patriots’ coach Amanda Orkoskey, a Wheeling Central graduate, said the nightmare inning her team had in the fourth was pretty much what has been happening all year.

“Unfortunately that has been the story of our season,” she said. We manage to hang in against good teams, but things go bad in one inning and start to snowball on us.

“There is plenty of talent and skill on this team, but we have to be there mentally. John Marshall has some good pitchers, and I understand we just saw their third and fourth.

“We just weren’t able to string anything together (Friday).”

Things won’t get any easier this afternoon as Washington visits Wheeling Park for a twinbill beginning at noon on Lisa’s Field at the J.B. Chamber’s I-470 Sports Complex.

Game 1

John Marshall 6, Washington 1

In the opener, Kinnick scattered seven hits, fanning six and walking just one in getting the win in the circle for the Monarchs.

Each team pushed across a run in the first inning with John Marshall adding two each in the third and fourth frames to take control.

Jackie Gellner and Maggie Kaylor each had a pair of hits while George doubled home a run for the winners.