SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— In a well-attended softball game on Jefferson’s lighted field, both the Lady Cougars and visiting Hedgesville traded leads and traded momentum several times before the Lady Eagles scored twice in the eighth inning to win the long, extra-inning game, 9-7, last Tuesday.
Allison Sween was Hedgesville’s winning pitcher. Sween authored a route-going performance in which she fanned 10 in her eight innings of work.
Hannah Stuckey’s looping, two-run single in the eighth snapped a 7-7 tied and lifted the Lady Eagles to their second win in three early-season games.
Jefferson was losing for the first time in four outings.
After Hedgesville scored a run in the first, Jefferson countered with two runs on hits by Shannon Lyons and Lauren Lewis and Shelby McTighe’s RBI groundout.
Two unearned runs gave Hedgesville a 3-2 lead.
Jefferson had the next two runs and with them a 4-3 lead. Lewis scored Emma Barr with her single in the fourth and the Jefferson lead was moved to 5-3.
When the Lady Cougars batted in the fifth, they had been tied at 5-5. But Alexandra Witt doubled, moved up a base on Kari Nuse’s single and scored when Nuse broke for second base, drawing a throw that allowed Witt to score the go-ahead run. Jefferson led, 6-5.
Back came the Lady Eagles. Sween had a triple that led to the tying run. A Jefferson error and a Danielle Parks’ RBI single pushed Hedgesville back in front.
When Lyons scored again, the Lady Cougars had evened the count at 7-7 . . . and the game lurched into extra innings.
Another Jefferson error helped fuel the deciding Hedgesville rally in the eighth. Stuckey’s bloop single into shallow right plated two runs, sending the Lady Eagles out to a 6-4 lead,
When Jefferson couldn’t answer again, it had lost its first game.
The Lady Cougars bounced back after their initial loss to improve their overall record to 4-1 with a 10-8 win over Musselman in Inwood.
Witt drove in five runs and had two homers. One of Witt’s homers was a three-run shot and the other was a two-run blast.
Jefferson had a 10-4 lead going to the fifth, but the Lady Applemen rallied with four runs to make it 10-8 in the sixth.
Witt was the winning pitcher.
The loss was Musselman’s first against two wins. Whitney Potts had a three-run homer while Potts, Nikki Dusing, Mackenzie Fogle, and Alex Williams each two hits for the Lady Applemen.
On Monday, the Lady Cougars visited Woodgrove High in Loudoun County and absorbed their second loss. The Wolverines defeated Jefferson, 12-2, to leave the Lady Cougars with a 4-2 overall mark.