By Robert Edmonds - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Leaving only one goose egg on the scoreboard, Sherando scored in all but one inning to handily defeat district opponent James Wood, 8-3, Thursday night when they visited the Colonels in softball action.
The Warriors got off to a quick start by scoring three runs in the first two innings before James Wood responded to knot the game at three after three innings of play.
"James Wood is a very formidable opponent and they earned their way back into the game," Warriors coach Clarence Smith said. "The final score certainly was not indicative of the way this game was played. The threat for them to score was there the entire game."
Sherando wasted little time to break the draw in the top of the fourth. Megan Leake reached base on a single, and when Carly Nixon followed with a double to right field the Warriors quickly found themselves in striking position with two runners in scoring position.
Leake scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Katie Seymour to give her team a 4-3 lead. Kennedy Rothemich then connected with an RBI single to left field off Colonels pitcher Kiersten Peacoe before she could silence the Warriors attack in the inning.
Sherando added another run off a Colonels error in the fifth inning, and then Rothemich jolted a home run to left field extending the lead to 7-3 in the top half of the sixth.
While Sherando's offense continued to work like a well-oiled machine, the Colonels could not muster another run after the third inning against Warriors starter Courtney Reid.
"The difference tonight was that we didn't make plays," Colonels coach Ted McDaniel said. "We made some defensive mistakes that allowed them to get extra opportunities and they took advantage. We had baserunners, but we didn't knock them in."
Reid threw a complete game with five strikeouts while stranding seven James Wood baserunners including two in the final inning during the victory.
"Her [Reid] optimal position is in the outfield, but she is a fierce competitor," Smith said. "She got into some tough spots tonight, but she didn't back down. You certainly can't be anything but impressed with the way that she competes."
With the victory, the Warriors remain in the hunt to move up in the standings in the Northwestern District as the season winds down while the battle for first place for the Colonels is all but over.
"This is obviously a big win because they are a district opponent and our rival, but we still have a realistic chance to catch Skyline," Smith said. "We are coming together and working hard to make a good run to the playoffs, but by no means do I think we have seen the last of James Wood."
Despite the loss, McDaniel was proud of his teams' efforts and remains positives on the outlook for the rest of the season.
"Sometimes in softball it's just not your night, but I am very pleased with our girls. They played with a lot of heart and gave a great effort. The ball just didn't bounce our way," McDaniel said. "We are looking forward to getting healthy. We only have one game next week, and we have some players that should return from injury after Apple Blossom. That should help us and we will be ready to play heading into the playoffs."