Softball: Wildcats Play Tough In Loss To Falcon/Knights

The Central Clarion Wildcats dropped a 15-9 decision to the visiting Union/A-C Valley Falcon-Knights on Thursday (April 25th).

Union/A-C Valley scored two runs in the top of the first and four more in the second for a 6-0 lead. The Wildcats cut the lead in half, with three runs in the bottom of the second. But the Falcon-Knights scored five in the third, for an 11-3 lead.

After each team scored a run in the fourth, Central put up four runs in the fifth, moving within four runs at 12-8 U/A-CV. Neither team scored in the sixth. The Falcon-Knights scored three in the top of the seventh, with the Wildcats scoring one run in the bottom of the inning, setting the final.

For the Wildcats: Abby Knapp-Greeley singled twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored once. Alyssa Wiant doubled, had 3 RBIs and scored a run. Alexa Kitchen had two hits and two runs scored. Alicyn Burford had a single and scored twice.

Kaylee Smith doubled and drove in a run. Sam Simpson and Emileigh Mahle each had a single and an RBI. Jenna Dunn scored twice and drove in a run, while Jesalyn Girt scored a run.

Bell Ielase had three hits, including a triple and scored four runs for the Falcon-Knights, while Ashlyn Blystone singled, tripled and doubled, scored 3 runs and drove in a pair of runs.

Wildcats head coach Joe Lopez had this to say, “Credit to ACV-UHS for swinging the bats the way they did.  Their pitcher (Stevens) did a great job battling and finishing the game.  Our girls had a good approach at the plate, but just came up short and that’s just the way it goes sometimes.  Kaylee Smith did a great job in the circle, quieting the offensive attack and allowing us a chance to get back in the game.”

(Keep playing hard, Wildcats!!!!)