Warren County earns first win

By Brad Fauber

STRASBURG — Warren County’s softball team got a solid pitching performance from junior Paige McLachlan and plenty of offense as the Wildcats rolled to a 13-2 win over host Strasburg on Thursday evening.

McLachlan went all seven innings for the Wildcats while surrendering just three hits and a walk in the win. She also struck out nine batters.

Warren County (1-1), which played just its second game of the season, tallied 12 hits in the victory.

“I didn’t think it’d be April until we got our first win, but we’ve got to turn around quickly. We’ve got Skyline tomorrow,” Wildcats coach Justin Stock said.

“We me some of the adjustments a little bit better than against [Madison County on Tuesday] the other night. Hopefully we can continue that tomorrow.”

The Wildcats opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning against Strasburg starter Carey Scott, and Warren County added a run each in the second and third innings before a five-run outburst in the top of the fourth.

Warren County added three more runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Freshman Arianna Smoot was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Warren County, while junior Autumn Troxell was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. McLachlan was 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, and Emma Wright was 1-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.

The Rams (1-3) struggled to mount much offense after falling in an early deficit, although Strasburg did manage a run in the bottom of the first inning after Lexi Schlag reached on an error and came around to score on a double by Carey Scott.

Scott had two of Strasburg’s three hits — both doubles — and drove in both of the Rams’ runs. She struggled in the circle, as she allowed eight hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings before giving way to freshman Katie Smoot.

“It just wasn’t the team that I’ve seen the last three games,” Rams coach Suzanne Mathias said. “We weren’t in it from the get-go emotionally. It was just blah, and I’m not sure why. They were just down. We got in a hole early and just never could dig back. It was just frustrating. We’re a better team than what we showed.”

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