Lady Indians end regular season
The Berkeley Springs High School Softball Team ended the regular season with a pair of loses last week. The Indians fell to Keyser 11-0 on April 24 in Berkeley Springs and then lost a road game the following day to Jefferson, 7-0.
Keyser jumped on Berkeley Springs starting pitcher Rhiannon Coble for three runs in the opening inning and added four more in each of the third and fourth innings to sweep the season series from the Tribe. Meghan Anderson, the winning pitcher, allowed two Indian hits. One by Destinee Moore and the other from Morgan Wachter.
"Rhiannon pitched a good game, they just beat us," said Berkeley Springs Coach Greg Brown. “There is a difference between losing and getting beat. Losing means that you gave it away; Keyser beat us. We didn't allow a walk and only committed one error and still got "mercied" in four innings...that's beat. “The Anderson girl does a nice job of moving the ball around. She isn't overpowering, but does a nice job of keeping you off balance. We put the ball in play, just not real hard, and Keyser made all the plays."
The following day Berkeley Springs traveled to Shenandoah Junction for a single game against Jefferson.
The Indians got another solid pitching performance, this time by Natalie Redick, but still came out on the short end of 7-0 decision. Berkeley Springs only trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but couldn't generate enough offense to make the game more competitive.
"Natalie pitched a good game," Brown said. “Once again we didn't give up a lot. Natalie only walked one batter. Jefferson just hit. They had 10 hits and we only had three. You can't compete with teams like Jefferson with only three hits. It was a great game for awhile."
Ashton Miller had two of the Indian hits and Skylar Kroschinsky had the other.
"One thing I was pleased with this week was that our girls were making good decisions on their own," said Brown. “I'm the type of coach who instructs between each pitch and sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad, because it doesn't give them a chance to think on their own. So, the last two games I took a seat beside Fred Sirbaugh (assistant coach) on the bench and watched our girls play the game. And, they did a pretty good job. I should probably start it sooner next year."
Berkeley Springs opened sectional play against Frankfort yesterday in Keyser. The winner of that game will play Keyser after game one, while the loser plays the loser of game two at the higher seeded school's field today, May 2. Berkeley Springs is seeded third in the double elimination tournament.