Lady Wolves rally past Wayne for Senior Night softball win
HUNTINGTON — A senior came through on Senior Night at the Spring Valley softball field for a hit that tied the game and the run that proved to be the game winner for the Timberwolves in a 7-6 win over its intracounty rival Wayne on Friday.
Riley Shirkey, one of three Spring Valley seniors honored before the game, had been on base only once — drawing a walk from Wayne pitcher Gracie Bloss in the third inning — when she came up to bat in the sixth with one out, two on and her team trailing the Pioneers 6-4.
Shirkey dropped a base hit just out of the reach of Wayne shortstop Whitney Sansom and left fielder Brailey Queen that scored the two runners and allowed Shirkey to move to second on the throw to tie the game. Shirkey then scored on Grace Edwards’ single to right, and senior Bryn Osburn kept Wayne at bay in the seventh to get the win.
“I just wanted to put the ball in play. I was struggling in the beginning and I just wanted to help my team win,” Shirkey said. “I didn’t think it was going to score both runners, but thankfully it did.”
Scoring on the play was Jenna Christopher, who led off the sixth with a bunt that was fielded by Bloss, but the speedy runner made it to first base without drawing a throw. Also scoring was Liz Meade, who reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second base on defensive indifference.
The Timberwolves (18-10) fell behind early when two errors on the infield on consecutive plays and a double by Elizabeth Queen allowed Wayne to take a 3-0 lead. A sacrifice RBI by senior Grace Allen got the Timberwolves on the board, but Wayne got that run back when catcher Raegan Roach hit a solo home run to left field to take a 4-1 lead.
Spring Valley finally got to Bloss in the bottom of the third when Timberwolves first baseman Jewell Williamson hit a two-run homer to left field that barely stayed in fair territory to tie the game 4-4.
Bloss rebounded for Class AA Wayne, holding the Class AAA Timberwolves scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
Meanwhile, Wayne (15-11) broke the tie with two runs in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Bloss and Madylin Ellis to lead off the inning and another infield error by Spring Valley.
Bloss, a sophomore, said she was nervous about pitching against Spring Valley but felt good warming up.
Bloss struck out three while pitching six innings giving up seven runs on 10 hits.
Osburn also went the distance for Spring Valley allowing four earned runs on seven hits while the Timberwolves’ defense committed four errors.
WAYNE 301 200 0 — 6 7 0
SPRING VALLEY 013 003 x — 7 10 4
Bloss and Roach; Osburn and Wellman.
Hitting: (W) Roach 2-3 HR RBI, Queen 1-3 2B RBI; (SV) Edwards 3-4 2 RBI, Williamson 1-2 HR 2 RBI, Huffman 3-3.