Lady Indians sweep Keyser on the diamond: Kesecker tosses a no-hitter
The Berkeley Springs High School softball team beat visiting Keyser 11-3 and 14-0 on Wednesday, April 18. The Indians pounded out 26 hits in the double header, while limiting Keyser to only four hits.
In the first game, Samantha Zahnow picked up her fourth win of the year, allowing three runs on four hits. She struck out two without walking a batter.
"I don't think Sam (Zahnow) is anywhere near the Sam of old," said concerned head coach Greg Brown. "It may be a hidden injury or something, but I know if Sam gives up more hits than the number she strikes out against Keyser that we have a problem. She's doing a great job offensively leading the team in average, runs, hits, doubles, triples and RBI, so who knows?"
Berkeley Springs collected 14 hits and scored runs in each at bat, as they took the first game of the double header 11-3. The Indians struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead. They added a single run in the second, two more in the third and one run in the fourth for a 6-2 lead and then put the game away with four runs in the fifth and single run in the sixth, for the final margin of victory.
Ashley Hovermale and Kayla Hill had three hits, two RBI and a run scored each, while both Katie Kesecker and Zahnow had two hits apiece. Kesecker, who connected for her first home run of the year, had a RBI and a run scored, while Zahnow scored three runs to help her own cause.
"It took the girls awhile to adjust to Keyser's pitching," Brown said. "They were anxious and out in front. It is very frustrating as a coach to see a pitcher just floating the pitches in nice and easy and see our girls hitting weak ground balls and pop-ups."
The Indians obviously adjusted to the pitching, winning the nightcap 14-0 in five innings. The Tribe banged out 12 hits and once again scored in each of the five innings, on their way to the easy victory.
While the Berkeley Springs offense was smoking, starting pitcher Kesecker allowed Keyser nothing. She pitched a gem, allowing no hits, striking out five without a walk, in the five-inning shutout, to record her fifth win of the year.
Kesecker helped her own cause with single, a double, a triple, three runs scored and a RBI. Tiffany Compton and Susannah Bennett each had two hits, Compton scored a run and recorded three RBI, while Bennett had two RBI.
"This year we're happy with a double header sweep regardless of who the opponent is," Brown said. "Katie Kesecker obviously had a good night, with five hits and a no-hitter and Tiffany Compton, who we called up from the JV last week to help in leftfield, did a nice job. She's still learning the position and I'm confident she will improve every game. Keyser is not the best tune-up team when you're heading to the