SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – After rain thwarted any chance of playing their doubleheader at Washington High, the Patriots found a reprieve in the form of Jefferson Athletic Director George Stewart and softball coach Jeff Cunningham. With their go ahead, the Cougars’ field was primed, and the Panhandle Patriots showdown commenced.
Game 1 would see Taylor Cenate on the mound, holding Wheeling Park to a .062 batting average and throwing to the sweet spots for four 1-2-3 innings. She gave up no walks and struck out two through the five innings – her third early shut out of the season. Additionally, Cenate still retains her perfect .000 ERA through three games on the mound.
To kick off the scoring drive for Washington, Kylie Condon singled to left field to bring in Brittany Cenate from third. Two quick successive outs would end the half.
Washington wouldn’t see more runs until the bottom of the third, but seven runs in the ensuing half would be the dagger. After Sophie Crowder grounded into a fielder’s choice, knocking Madison Carlisle off the bags, Hannah Ruffner took the plate. On her first pitch, Ruffner sent a line drive screaming to left field for a double while bringing in Condon and Crowder. Taylor Cenate followed with a single to push Ruffner to third, and advanced to second on the throw. Katie Dubyak then stepped up for a single of her own, bringing in Ruffner.
After Jordyn Brown’s single loaded the bases, Madi Cenate stepped up to be walked. Then, the youngest Cenate sent a grounder to center field to bring in two more runs before Condon capped the inning with a single to shortstop to drive in Madi Cenate.
A quick 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth and a single and RBI by Madi Cenate would effectively end things.
Four Washington runners led the pack with two RBI a piece – Brittany Cenate (2-4, 1 R), Condon (3-3, 1 R), Ruffner (2-3, 2 R), and Madi Cenate (2-2, 1 R).
Ashley Linder took the loss for Wheeling Park. She pitched just 2.1 innings, giving up eight earned runs, one walk and striking out just one. She faced 19 batters before being relieved by Kacy Long.
The second game of the doubleheader moved a little slower, but had the same result – a shut out by Washington.
Washington took the early lead, putting up two runs on the board in the bottom of the first. They would go scoreless through the next two innings, but ended things on a 1-2-3 scoring run through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
To start the end game scoring drive, with a two-out count Madi Cenate singled with Jordyn Brown on second base to bring her in. The Patriots picked up a 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and tacked on two runs in the bottom, first off the bat of Condon and immediately followed with a single by Crowder.
Wheeling Park picked up three successive outs after Crowder’s RBI, but Washington responded with another 1-2-3 before putting up their three endgame runs.
With two on base, Brittany Cenate picked up a perfect bunt to drive in Brown and put Madi Cenate on third. Carlisle followed with a single to bring in Madi, and the final score came on a bases-loaded walk with Carlisle picking up the run.
Ruffner picked up the win for Washington, pitching all six innings for three strikeouts and only allowing two hits. She faced 19 batters and threw a .667 strike percentage.
Long took the loss for Wheeling Park through five innings. She gave up one walk, five earned runs and only struck out one batter. Long faced 25 batters and threw a .686 strike percentage.
“We can’t let the success get to our heads,” head coach Amanda Orkoskey said. “We have to keep going out every day and playing our game – it’s the same balls, bats, and fundamentals. [That] all won’t change. They’ve got the fundamentals they just have to keep trusting them.”