Archive for Wednesday, April 19, 2006

McLouth softball team takes first game of twinbill, 11-5

April 19, 2006

The McLouth High girls softball team remained at .500 after splitting with Jeff West on Monday in McLouth.

MHS won the first game, 11-5, but fell in the second game, 5-4.

Catherine Gunther picked up the victory in the first game and improved to 3-1 on the season. She struck out 11 Tiger batters and allowed four earned runs.

She also went 3-for-4 from the plate, with three runs, a triple and an RBI.

Samantha Farris also went 3-for-4 in the first game with 3 RBI. Other top hitters were Deanna Durkes with a double and a run on 2-for-4 batting, and Kendall Patterson, who had a double and 2 RBI on 2-for-3 hitting.

In the second game, Farris took the loss and dropped to 1-2 after the one-run defeat.

On offense, Leslie Lawson went 2-for-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Durkes again had a good game from the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Patterson and Farris also went 2-for-4.

Now 4-4, the Bulldogs will play Atchison County on Thursday at McLouth.

Silver Lake wins marathon games But first-year coach Ballard Patterson is eager for his team to play teams such as Silver Lake. He likes his schedules one way: challenging.

"I want as tough a schedule as I can get to mold the team to playing at this level," Patterson said.

Last year, Silver Lake knocked off McLouth, 1-0, in the regional finals before winning a state title.

For the first time, the two teams met in the regular season in what was a rematch of that regional game.

Again this season, the two teams battled in two exciting games.

Silver Lake won the first game, 1-0, in 10 innings, and the second game, 2-1, in 11 innings.

Although the Bulldogs dropped two tough losses, they also swept a doubleheader against Pomona at home.

McLouth won the first game, 8-0, as Catherine Gunther pitched a one-hitter, going seven innings and striking out 16. Gunther also went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.

Catcher Kendall Patterson also went 3-for-3 and had 3 RBI.

Teammate Leslie Lawson provided highlights as well, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.

The Bulldogs also shut Pomona out in the second game, 10-0.

Samantha Farris took the mound in the second game, allowing three hits and striking out 13. Gunther again was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with four singles and a double.

Patterson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and 3 RBI, while Heaven Mills went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs.

As a pitcher, Gunther has McLouth's top arm. She's pitched 24 innings, giving up six hits and one run. She also has an extremely low earned-run average of 0.37.

At the plate, Patterson is McLouth's top batter. The freshman is batting .700 with 12 singles, two doubles and 7 RBI. She's 14-for-20 in plate appearances.

McLouth is 3-3 on the young softball season after playing defending Class 3A state champion Silver Lake last week.

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