Jayvee callups shine as Knights prevail

OBSERVER?Staff Reports

SILVER CREEK – Despite having to call up six players from the jayvee team, the Silver Creek Black Knights (2-1, 1-1) were able to defeat the West Valley Lady Panthers, 8-3, in a non-league softball matchup Thursday.

Kennedy Eggleston, one of the callups, earned the complete-game victory, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out four and walking as many.

Eggleston also led the Silver Creek offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Another jayvee callup, Julia Hill, went 1-for-2 with a RBI.

Christina Williams provided senior leadership in the field for the Black Knights who had 6-of-14 players called up to varsity for the game due to low numbers over Easter break.

“The jayvee girls played really well and I was excited to see that,” Silver Creek coach Stacey Bauer said. “The girls worked really well together. There was no division of jayvee and varsity; they meshed well. It’s always nerve wracking, but it was nice to see for next year that they were playing well together already.”

The Black Knights’ next game is Tuesday at Falconer.

Grand Strand Tournament

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Despite outhitting their opponent, the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (5-2, 3-0) fell victim to the Obion Rebels, 6-2, Thursday at the Grand Strand Softball Classic.

The Lady Thunderbirds accounted for 11 total hits, but failed to capitalize on them as they stranded 11 runners on the basepaths. Ryleigh Hawkins, Courtney Hewes, Jade Walsh and Emily Corwin each had two hits for Chautauqua Lake.

Corwin had a double and a single while Hawkins and Ashley Moulton each had a RBI.

Emilee Steger pitched five innings for Chautauqua Lake, giving up nine hits and walking five.

Ashton Albanesius came in to relieve Steger in the sixth inning with no outs and pitched the Lady Thunderbirds out of a jam.

With the bases loaded, Albanesius induced a sacrifice fly, which was then thrown to the cutoff who tagged out the runner trying to advance to third on the play.

The next batter flew out to center for the third out. Chautauqua Lake will take on Auburn today at 8 a.m. to finish out the tournament.

The Lady Thunderbirds are 2-2 in tournament play.