Lady Wolves win defensive battle

WESTFIELD – Despite not being able to get outside for the majority of the preseason, the Westfield Lady Wolverines were able to put together a solid performance and defeat the Pine Valley Lady Panthers 5-2 Thursday in non-league softball action.

“There was very good defense played by both sides,” Westfield coach David Luder said. “We’ve only been outside a couple of times, so we are still making adjustments. Throwing the ball and fielding flyballs in the wind is still pretty tough. Overall, it was a nice team win. We had good execution and did the little things very well.”

Westfield jumped on the visitors early by scoring a run in each of the first five innings.

Kathryn Catalano led the Lady Wolverines offense by going 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles. Carson Hauser and Cameron Abbey-Mott each added a pair of singles in the win.

Hauser was also strong in the circle and went the distance to earn the win by allowing one earned run while striking out five.

Alex Bentham got the start for Pine Valley and went five innings, striking out four while surrendering four walks. Jesse Wilcox relieved Bentham and threw the final inning.

Cassandra Tingue was the lone bright spot for the Lady Panther’s offense. Tingue launched a two-run home run to left field to plate Pine Valley’s only runs of the game.