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John Marshall Bats Too Much For Wheeling Park Softball

Photo by Cody Tomer John Marshall shortstop Ava Blake tags out Wheeling Park’s Izzy Miller during a play in Tuesday’s rivalry game.

GLEN DALE — The last time rivals Wheeling Park and John Marshall met on the softball field, the Monarchs tossed a one-hitter against the Patriots.

On Tuesday the two met again and although Park was able to push some runs across the plate, John Marshall still powered to a 9-4 victory on its home field.

The Monarchs plated all nine of their runs in the first three innings and now sit a 8-4 on the season.

“It was a pretty good performance overall,” JM coach Ed West said. “We swung the bats pretty well and we looked pretty disciplined at the plate. We were laying off the high pitches and we were doing a better job of that than we have in the last few games.”

Dori Kins gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run double to left field and Tessa Wise added a two-run knock in the second to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Patriots didn’t go away quietly, however, as Riley Richardson walked in the third and scored on the throw when leadoff hitter Faith Randolph stole second.

Izzy Miller cut the lead in half with a RBI single to right-center to bring home Randolph.

Just as it was looking like a brand new game, John Marshall’s Megan Dougherty brought home a run on a sacrifice fly and Kiley Ward scored on a passed ball to give the Monarchs a 6-2 upperhand.

Kadence Pettit looked to put the game out of reach as she unloaded on a 3-run home run over the center field fence to give JM a 9-2 cushion.

“She’s got a lot of power,” West said of Pettit. “She’s been hitting a lot of shots. That’s six or seven home runs for her now. She hits the ball pretty hard and she’s a good contact hitter, too.”

Wheeling Park’s Katelyn Kozlowski, who smacked three hits, scored the final two runs on a passed ball and a throw to second on a steal.

After Wise struck out five and walked one over the first four innings for JM, Pettit came in to slam the door over the final three frames. She also fanned five and allowed one free pass.

Kyla Tharp started in the circle for the Patriots and walked seven, before Emily Ashton came in to pitch in the third. She finished with three punchouts.

“They got some early runs on us,” Park coach Pat Durkin said. “When Ashton came in she held them down. Then, we got it back to a two-run game but they jumped back out again.

“We were able to put the bat on the ball this time around and we came up with some timely hits. We just needed a couple more.

“I also want to give the field crew here a lot of credit. They were able to get the field in good playing condition and I appreciate the hard work it took to get it ready.”

Pettit finished with a home run, a single and a double, while Wise, Ava Blake and Marah Johnson each garnered a pair of singles in the win.

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