Errors, big innings hurt Lady Wave

Staff Writer

Good teams are tough to beat on a good day. Make mistakes and give up big innings and it’s even tougher.

That’s a lesson the West Point High Lady Green Wave softball team learned this weekend.

It started Friday when nine errors led to 12 unearned runs against perennial state softball power New Hope. The final was 15-0 in three innings.

Saturday, the Lady Wave got off to their own fast start but eventually couldn’t keep up with the Smithville Lady Seminoles once their bats turned into a buzz saw.

Homestanding Smithville ended up logging a 12-5 win.

In that game, the Lady Wave scored three runs in the first with Tonia Randle, Summer Smith and Chamiya Brownlee all scoring.

Smithville rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second.

Both game see-sawed in the fourth and fifth with each team scoring a run in each inning, leaving the Lady Seminoles up 6-5 entering the sixth.

That’s when trouble struck. Smithville pushed across six runs to put the game away.

For the game, third baseman Brittany Bensend had two hits and an RBI and shortstop Chamiya Bownlee, the team’s only senior, added two hits and a run. First baseman Tonia Randle had a hit and a run scored, second baseman Summer Smith added a hit, a walk and two runs scored, centerfielder Malaysia Moody had a hit and a run scored, pitcher Sara Dexter had a hit and an RBIm catcher Hannah Myers had a hit and left fielder Marqueshia Starks drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Dexter went the distance, throwing 111 pitches, 77 of them strikes. Smithville pounded out 17 hits.

The Lady Wave made just three errors, a big improvement over Friday night’s loss at New Hope.

The Lady Wave got just one hit and struck out five times against Lady Trojan pitcher Alex Melton. Of New Hope’s 15 runs, only three were earned. New Hope scored eight runs in the first and five in the second to basically put the game away.

Wet weather has made it tough for West Point to practice this spring and it showed on defense.

“We haven’t been able to practice defense on a field at all. The last bit of defense we had was Monday against Louisville (an 8-2 victory). Against West Point, only three runs were earned. It simply was errors. That’s what makes it so tough for the players,” West Point Coach Casey Finch said.