Twin Valley softball team lets one slip away
by Jack Deming
May 31, 2014 | 3029 views | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twin Valley outfielders Jessica Fox (left) and Natalie Herrick (right) try to catch a fly ball and avoid a collision in the fifth inning of a loss to Leland & Gray Tuesday afternoon.
Twin Valley outfielders Jessica Fox (left) and Natalie Herrick (right) try to catch a fly ball and avoid a collision in the fifth inning of a loss to Leland & Gray Tuesday afternoon.
WHITINGHAM- The Twin Valley Wildcats softball team has been playing better softball this season than their 5-9 record indicates. Their senior hitters have walloped more home runs than in all previous years combined, their pitching has seen a high level of consistency from starter Colton Butler, and each of their batters has the ability to be a threat in the order. But the Wildcats had trouble keeping their one opponent in check, as troubles in fielding, and a couple of big swings from the rival Leland & Gray Rebels led to a six-run inning, and their ninth loss of the year.

Butler struck out six on the day, but also gave up seven walks in seven innings. The Wildcats got on the board first as Sammy Cunningham-Darrah made it home on a single by Savannah Nesbitt. The Rebels put two on the board in the second, but the ‘Cats scored Nesbitt and fellow senior Hannah Swanson in the third. After five innings, the Wildcats were in command of the game 6-4, following a big two-RBI double from Butler, but in the sixth inning the lead unraveled, and with it the game.

The Wildcats came out in the seventh ready to swing, loading the bases for Cunningham-Darrah. The senior catcher knocked a huge fly to center, which in any fenced-in field would have been a grand slam and a one-run deficit for the Wildcats. But Leland & Gray’s centerfielder made the catch, and left the Wildcats with an 11-6 loss.

The Wildcats play host to Green Mountain at 4 pm on Friday, and are currently the 10-seed of the Division IV standings, with the playoffs beginning in less than a week. Manager Aaron Wood said his team could end up the eighth seed, but come playoffs, will need to improve their all-around play.

“We talked about it, and we are one of the best three or four teams in Division IV, there’s no question,” said Wood. “Our bats are coming around, but we have to field better, and throw consistently. If we do those two things we’ll be hard to beat.”

Butler led the Wildcats from the plate with a 3 for 4 day, hitting two doubles and driving in three runs. Nesbitt went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

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