Clarke County holds off Central in girls’ softball

BERRYVILLE-Central High School’s softball team put multiple runners on the bases in the later innings of a 4-1 Bull Run District/Conference 35 loss at Grubbs Field, but could not get them across as Clarke County won its home game Thursday.

The Falcons, who left seven runners stranded in the district-conference game, had runners at the corners in the fifth inning and, again in the sixth, they put two runners on without scoring in a two hour, 45-minute, seven-inning contest which was halted for lightening twice.

Not only did the Falcons lack a runs-batted-in producer during those innings, “we missed some signs, too,” said Central coach Sue Rubenstein, “so there’s that.”

Clarke County’s (6-3 overall, 2-1 conference, 4-1 district) Jade Feltner went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a two-run homer in the fourth which proved to be the difference. Her teammate, pitcher Megan Hicks, allowed just four hits in seven innings, including seven strikeouts to trip Central (5-6, 1-2 conference, 4-3 district).

The Falcons have yet to win a game on the road this season.

Central’s Olivia Gochenour started and completed three innings, allowing just one run. Reliever Kristina Stead picked up for Gochenour in the third and went the rest of the way. The two juniors combined to allow the four runs. Stead struck out five and allowed three hits in three innings of work.

“We’ve been working with our pitchers this year to produce several dominating innings, rather than going the distance. We want them to work for several innings throwing as well as they can. Then we come with somebody else,” Rubenstein said.

Gochenour opened the game and allowed a single run.

Eagle Chelsea Trenary walked with one out in the bottom of the second and then moved to second on Feltner’s base hit to center. Trenary was cut down by a fielder’s choice, but eventually Feltner came home on an RBI single to right by Whitney Grubbs.

The Falcons tied it in the top of the third when Erika Thorpe walked and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Autumn Shelton slapped a single by the shortstop to spot the run and a tie the game 1-all.

In the fourth, the Falcons got baserunner Alex Mantz on first via an error but Clark’s Hicks earned three straight outs.

In the fifth, the visitors had runners on the corners with one out with no runs to show for it.

Again, in the sixth, they had two on base but could not produce a run.

Meanwhile, the Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fourth on Feltner’s two-run blast, which cleared the center field fence by several feet.

The home team earned another run with two outs in the sixth. Feltner singled to center and then scored on teammate Shelia Nappi’s base hit up the middle.

Hicks put down the Central side in the top of the seventh, fanning two.

Waldron had two hits, including a double for Central. No batter besides Feltner got more than one hit off Gochenour and Stead.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com

Girls softball

Eagles 4, Falcons 1

Score by innings

Central 001 000 0-1 4 1

Clarke 010 201 X-4 7 1

Pitchers

Central-Gochenour, Stead (4) and Mantz

Clark-Hicks and C. Trenary

WP-Hicks (5-3). LP–Stead

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