WAITSBURG – Last week, the Waitsburg girls' softball team took on Riverside and Mac-Hi JV. Though the Cards lost both games, they are showing improvement, primarily in the consistency of their pitching, and they have been settling in on defense, decreasing their errors.
The Cardinals hosted the Riverside Pirates on March 20, with Riverside coming out on top, 23-2, in a game stopped after five innings. Riverside had the hot bats and scored 11 in the third inning, while Waitsburg struggled with their pitching. Riverside had 15 hits. Waitsburg had 5 hits including 2 from Chloe Pearson.
R-side: 2 4 11 0 6 – 23 runs 15 hits 1 error
Waits: 0 0 0 2 0 – 2 runs 5 hits 4 errors
Wightman and Abby; Benson, Jones (4), Harshman (5) and Alleman
Hits: Riverside- Falone, Abby, Wightman 4, Villegas, Elliott 2, Velasco 2, Hancock 2, Avalo 2. Waitsburg- Frohreich, Williams, Pearson 2, Sandau
Mac-Hi JV 13, Waitsburg 2
In a five-inning 13-2 loss to Mac-Hi JV in Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg's Chloe Pearson was the team leader at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Ariel Sandau also had an RBI.
Jade Alleman had an outstanding day behind the plate as catcher, throwing out four runners trying to steal and making a catch on a foul ball.
"Mac-Hi has a pretty good pitcher at the JV level, and we were a little timid at the plate," said Waitsburg Coach Angie Potts. "Her delivery made her pitch look faster than it was and it threw the girls off. We were competing really well in this game until the third inning, when we had a bad series of throws trying to get runners out."
Coach Potts applauded the performances of the pitchers Lexi Benson and Devon Harshman, who did a better job of finding the strike zone. The Cards cut down the number of walks to only eight.
Waits: 0 2 0 0 0 – 2 runs 5 hits 6 errors
Mac-Hi: 4 4 4 1 0 – 13 runs 11 hits 2 errors
Benson, Harshman (4) and Alleman;
Hits: Waitsburg: Sandau, Pearson 2, Frohreich, K. Alleman