Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 30, 2014

PikeView’s senior sluggers lead Panthers past Bobcats

GARDNER — PikeView’s softball team celebrated Senior Night, Wednesday and defeated the Summers County Lady Bobcats 11-3.

Lady Panther seniors contributed heavily as Sam Meadows started in the circle and added a hit and scored two runs. Kristen Worrell took over pitching in the third inning and also had a hit and scored two runs.  

Jordan Bailey made several key plays at third base and Brooke Baker had a two-RBI double in the first to bring home the first two runs of the game and get PikeView rolling.

“This is probably the best team we’ve fielded since I have been coaching here and the seniors are the reason why,” said PikeView head coach Steve Compton. “Those four have been with me. They’re solid. I know I can rely on them and they lead those young kids really well. Their leadership, however, is more important than anything else they do.”

Haleigh Compton reached on an error and Worrell singled before Baker got her two-out hit. PikeView added a single run in the second when Patty Sutphin walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Compton’s triple to right.

In the third Meadows led off with a single up the middle and Audrey Higgins walked. Each girl moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch and Kristen Brinkley laid down a safety squeeze that scored Meadows to make it 5-0.

The Lady Panthers’ biggest scoring inning came in the fourth as they scored four runs on two hits and two Summers County errors. Compton had an infield single and Higgins a double to deep left. She was thrown out at third as she tried to extend it to a triple.

Summers County never quit despite being down. Trailing 9-0 and PikeView only two outs from closing the game due to the mercy rule, the Lady Bobcats rallied. Brittney Justice  had an infield single and twin sister Whitney Justice walked. Their older sister Brianna Justice reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Brittany. After moving up on a wild pitch, Whittney scored on a sac fly by McKenzie White and Brianna touched home on a single by Kendall Willey, giving the Lady Bobcats an extended life.

That extension lasted a brief time as PikeView was able to score twice in the bottom of the fifth, to regain the eight-run lead and bring an end to the contest. Sutphin, singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch and Shelby Compton reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an error.

Meadows picked up the pitching two scoreless innings. She struck out three and did not walk a batter. Worrell pitched three innings and gave up three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three.

“You have to have pitching in this game and we’ve got three good ones and two pitched tonight,” Coach Compton said. “They’ve been doing better and better and that’s all I can ask of them. Our record doesn’t show how good of a team we are, but we’ve improved. As long as we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Haleigh Compton had a pair of hits for PikeView.

Brittney Justice was tagged with the loss for Summers County.

Brittany Justice, Brianna Justice and Megan Billings each had a pair of hits for the Lady Bobcats.

“We hit real good,” said Summers County head coach Michael Sheaves. “Brianna Justice helped us in the hitting today. She got some key hits.

Summers County is 6-17 and plays tonight at Independence. Sheaves talked about the Lady Bobcats’ season.

“Last year they graduated six players off this team. So we have only two seniors starting, the rest are freshmen and sophomores,” Sheaves said. “We’re real young and the players — we’re struggling but they haven’t quit. They play hard every ballgame and they are really working hard. We’re just going through a hard spell and we hope we just keep getting better. That’s the main thing.”

PikeView is now 7-17. Coach Compton talked about his team and said with the sectional tournament beginning next week, he is pleased with his team at the present time.

“Absolutely (I am satisfied), because we had some players hurt early on,” Compton said. “We’re just now where we’ve got everybody back. Everybody is playing, our lineup is where we want it t be.”

PikeView host Valley (Fayette) this evening.

PikeView also honored the Summers County seniors, Brianna Justice, Maddie Lester and Kendall Willey.

At PikeView

Summers County..............000  03  —  3  7  4

PikeView..........................311  42  —  11  7  2

Brittany Justice and Cales; Meadows, Worrell (3) and Brinkley. W-Meadows, L-Brittany Justice.

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