By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The speed of the base-runners on the PikeView softball team, combined with the inexperience of the Fayetteville infield, set the stage for a 13-0 PikeView win in less than three full innings on a cold Tuesday afternoon.
Well-executed bunts, slap hits, stolen bases and fielders’ choices were the orders of the day as PikeView opened up a 5-0 lead after one inning and pushed across seven runs in the third, ending the game.
“Our 1-2-9 (batters) were really quick,” said PikeView coach Steve Compton, referring to Lyndsay Hatfield, Compton’s daughter Haleigh Compton, and Hope Nester. “That’s the whole thing about our game, get ’em on and bring ’em around.”
Fayetteville coach Ashley Poland said, “They put bunts down when they needed them, exactly where they needed to put them down.” She noted that the Pirates’ infield consists of a freshman and three sophomores.
Hatfield scored two runs, stole a couple of bases, laid down a bunt single and sold food at the concession stand after the game.
The all-state basketball player said she was “rusty” at throwing when she started softball practice a few weeks ago, “but basketball really got me in shape and allows me to run the bases.”
“As soon as I get on first, I know I’m going to steal,” she said. “If I’m on second, I’m confident about getting there (to third).”
Meanwhile, Haleigh Compton faced 10 batters in her three innings pitched, striking out five of them and allowing one hit, a chopper in front of the plate by the Pirates’ Ashley Gilkerson. She threw strikes on 26 of her 36 pitches and only one batted ball left the infield.
Steve Compton said, “Not only was she battling batters, she was battling the cold. She struggled a little bit on her spots, mostly because of the cold, but when she needed to get a strike, she came through.”
Lena Hayworth’s infield single in the first generated two PikeView runs, and Audrey Higgins’ hit over second base plated another. Kristen Worrell and Nester also had bunt singles.
Nester, Haleigh Compton, Samantha Meadows and Brooke Baker all scored twice.
Fayetteville (3-5) sophomore Kaitlyn Sisler struck out four Panthers but allowed five hits and four walks and hit three batters.
Poland said, “She’s a student of the game. She studies the game. That’s her love. She works very hard at it, all year ’round.”
Spring break for PikeView has turned out to be un-spring-like and not much of a break, due to rescheduled and newly-scheduled games.
PikeView (4-3) plays Shady Spring today at noon at Epling Stadium in Beckley. The Panthers host Greenbrier West on Thursday and play Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Chapmanville.
“It’s turned into kind of a full week for us,” Steve Compton said. Again mentioning the cold, he added, “There’s nothing spring about this week.”
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At PikeView High School
Fayetteville.................................000 — 0 1 2
PikeView.....................................517 — 13 5 0
Kaitlyn Sisler and Ashley Gilkerson. Haleigh Compton and Savanna Coalson. WP – Compton. LP – Sisler.