By Jerry Holsworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Sherando took advantage of seven James Wood errors, including four in the sixth inning, to rout the Colonels 15-0 Thursday in Northwestern District softball action.
"This was the result of a lack of hitting and a lack of defense," James Wood coach Ted McDaniel said. "We just didn't hit the ball hard. At least half of their runs were unearned. That kind of thing is always going to result in disaster."
The loss was even more disheartening because Colonels starting pitcher Lauren Myers pitched though pain for the 5 1/3 innings she worked in the game.
"Lauren was in a lot of pain tonight," McDaniel said. "She has a pulled muscle, and she pitched through it. But she was really hurting the whole time she was out there. ... We're real proud of her effort."
Myers got very little help from her defense. James Wood committed errors in all but the second and fifth innings. Those were also the only two innings that the Warriors didn't get runs.
While the Colonels were struggling, Sherando had a good night in all three phases of the game.
Warriors pitcher Amanda Lutz pitched a complete-game shutout, only allowing two Colonels hits through seven innings. She struck out two and allowed just one walk.
"This was a real team effort," Sherando coach Garry Sawyer said. "Lutz is just a great pitcher. She managed the game well. It really isn't about strikeouts. Those are overrated. It's about making the pitches that get batters out, and she did a great job of that."
Lutz also got a strong defensive performance from the Warriors' fielders. Sherando had just one error for the game and only allowed a Colonels runner to make it to third base once.
"The girls were really focused," Sawyer said. "We wanted to come into this game focused and see what we could do. Everyone came ready to play, and we really had an excellent game from just about everyone."
The Warriors' bats were heard almost from the first pitch. Sherando began the game with four hits and four runs in the top of the first and never looked back. The Warriors used two big hits to put runs on the board during the first inning.
Lexi Meeker drove home Abbey Lopp and Kourtney Paige with a single up the middle. Sam Musser followed with a two-run single to left in put the Warriors up 4-0.
Meeker finished the night 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Musser wasn't far behind, going 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Meeker got her final RBI of the game just two innings later when she drove home Paige with a single to left center. She later scored on an error to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead.
Two more errors in the fourth helped Sherando put another two runs on the board. This time if was Paige who got the key hit of the inning, driving home Lutz and Lopp with a double to left center.
"Myers really pitched a good game," Paige said. "She just threw a couple of balls in my zone, and I was able to drive them."
Paige, who was 4-for-5 at the plate, was the third Sherando batter to get three RBIs for the night.
Sherando was able to score another four runs in the sixth thanks to four Colonels fielding errors, and added another run the seventh when Paige Mills drove home Lopp with a single to right center.
"This win was the result of teamwork," Sherando center fielder Jess Seymour said. "We really worked hard together out there."