Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wellsville softball ran into tough foe

By The Herald Staff | 5/21/2014

HUMBOLDT — The Wellsville High School softball team ran up against a top-flight team in undefeated Humboldt Tuesday in the regional championship game in Humboldt.

Wellsville came up short in a 9-2 loss to finish at 20-3, the best season in program history.

HUMBOLDT — The Wellsville High School softball team ran up against a top-flight team in undefeated Humboldt Tuesday in the regional championship game in Humboldt.

Wellsville came up short in a 9-2 loss to finish at 20-3, the best season in program history.

“They are for real,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “They have a solid team.

“We knew coming into regional, it would be the toughest in the state. We ran up against a great team.”

Wellsville defeated Osage City, 6-4, in the semifinals. On Monday, the Eagles rolled past West Franklin, 18-2, in three innings.

Wellsville’s high-powered offense was handcuffed by Humboldt.

“She threw hard and had good stuff,” Rose said. “We could not string a couple of hits together. We could not get anything.”

Humboldt put together a solid attack.

“They executed their offense well,” Rose said. “They hit the ball extremely well.”

Kaylynn Peacock led the Eagles with two hits. Moriah Kayhill hit her fourth home run of the season, which is a school record for a single-season.

Wellsville and Osage City played an exciting game in the semifinals. Both teams came into the game with 19-2 records.

“It was a tight game most of the way,” Rose said. “It was one of our better games we played this season.”

Raegan Beckley was the winning pitcher. Rose said she had good command and the defense played well behind her.

Tori Broers paced Wellsville by going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Freshman Lauren McDaniel had two hits and two RBIs.

The Eagles scored 12 runs in the third inning to run-rule West Franklin. Wellsville led 6-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning.

“We started a little slow,” Rose said.

McDaniel led the Eagles with a 4-for-4 performace with four RBIs. Kayhill, Ashley Sparks and Justine Dougan had two hits each.

Peacock was the winning pitcher. Rose said she was pretty efficient.

The seniors turned the program around from a 3-18 record to 20 wins. They won 62 games in four years.

“Our seniors have done so much for our program,” Rose said. “They will be hard to replace.”

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