KEYSER – The Golden Tornados started off Saturday with a shut out win over the Cougars, putting up eight runs on Jefferson and closing the game in five innings.
Keyser started things off in the bottom of the first with three runs, first coming off a score on error by Faith Palmer and an immediate run by Carlie Delsignore off the bat of Alexa Shoemaker. Hailey Massie capped the early lead with a single to Faith Klein in right field to push in Shoemaker.
The Golden Tornados found no runs in the second inning due to a quick 1-2-3 by Jefferson, but picked up where they left off in the third and fourth for five more runs.
Massie (3-3, 1 R) and Aubrey Smith (2-3, 1 R) led Keyser on the plate, each picking up three RBI.
Smith picked up the win for the Tornados, pitching the entire five innings only giving up two walks and striking out three.
Ashtin Hoover took the loss for Jefferson, throwing for three innings and giving up four earned runs and one walk. She struck out one through 18 batters faced.
Tied 6-6 in the top of the seventh, Jefferson needed to score and hold off the Golden Tornados to maintain their .500 season average in the hopes to stay above the water.
They succeeded in that venture, tacking on two in their half at bat and holding Keyser to a goose egg, taking the victory at 8-6.
Leading 3-2 going into the top of the fifth, Jefferson found some breathing room with a solo run – a two-out single by Hoover to bring in Ashley Palmer. Klein’s following strikeout would end the half. Keyser refused to give in, putting up two runs to knot the score at four.
Jefferson went eye-for-eye with Keyser, responding with two runs of their own in the top of the sixth. First came Rachel Cunningham’s sac fly to center field to bring in Faith Palmer, then Emilie Mason’s grounder to shortstop to bring in Ashley Palmer.
As fate would have it, Keyser put up two more runs to tie the game up at six-all. Shoemaker first singled to Klein in right field to bring in Lexi Turner, and was followed by a fly out to bring in Carlie Delsignore after she tagged up.
Jefferson closed the final inning with a 1-2-3 to go 1-for-1 against their non-conference foe.
Chloe Munslow picked up the win for the Cougars, throwing all seven innings giving up just three earned runs and six walks. She matched her walks for six strikeouts through 37 batters faced.
Shoemaker took the loss for Keyser. She relieved Smith after the fourth inning and gave up two earned runs while striking out two.