HEDGESVILLE – A big first inning and strong defense would seal Tuesday night’s regional game for the Patriots as the group moves on to a perfect 7-0 record.
The Patriots kicked the game off on the right foot, taking the early lead with four runs in the first inning. Emma Turner began the game with two walks – Brittany Cenate and Madison Carlisle – to set up Kylie Condon to kick off the scoring drive for Washington. Condon singled on a grounder to center field to bring in Cenate and put Carlisle on second, and Sophie Crowder followed with a double to left field for a two RBI play.
With one out Hannah Ruffner sent it soaring to left field to bring in Crowder. Two outs on the following plate appearances would end the half.
Jordyn Brown pitched to the sweet spots through four batters for a quick three outs, but Hedgesville responded with three outs on a four batter count in the following inning. Washington would hold Hedgesville to a solo double in the bottom of the second while tacking on one run in the top of the third off of Katie Dubyak’s double to center field – Taylor Cenate’s first and only run on the night.
The Patriots held Hedgesville scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. The Eagles’ Miranda Payne found first off error on a one-out count before Alexis Myers picked up a double to put Payne on third. Turner’s sac fly to Crowder in center field brought in Payne, but no other Eagle would cross home plate. Seven batters later, the game was over and Washington remained undefeated.
Brown took the win for the Patriots, picking up her second in two nights. She threw all seven innings, giving up just two walks while striking out three through 29 batters faced.
Turner picked up the loss for Hedgesville. She threw for five innings, giving up five earned runs off four hits, seven walks and striking out just two.
The Patriots have a nice break, returning to action on Saturday for a Patriots versus Patriots doubleheader when Wheeling Park comes to Charles Town. Game 1 kicks off at 11 a.m.