Midland sweeps SV
ONA - After a long wait, Cabell Midland's softball team finally got a chance to play a game on its home field on Monday evening.
The Knights took full advantage of the opportunity.
Cabell Midland got consistent hitting en route to a pair of mercy-rule shortened shutout victories over Spring Valley on Monday evening.
"This was an important day because it was for seeding and for conference and a home game," Cabell Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford said. "The girls needed to play in front of the home crowd. This was only our fifth or sixth time total on this field this year."
The Knights had played their first nine games on the road due to drainage being installed to their field after water settling on top of the surface had become an issue.
Jordan Colliflower led the balanced offensive charge on the day, finishing 5-of-6 in her seven plate appearances on the day.
In the second game of the day, Colliflower broke things open with a two-run double to make it 4-0 then added a two-run single in the six-run third inning that ended the Knights' 10-0 win.
Colliflower also singled and scored in each of her first three plate appearances of the opening game of the doubleheaders as Cabell Midland won 8-0.
While Colliflower led the charge, the Knights also got superb efforts from several others on the day.
In the circle, Cabell Midland's pitchers limited the productivity of the Timberwolves. Kyla Shull scattered four hits in six innings in the first game while Jenna Marsh allowed one hit in the second game.
At the plate, Morgan Kelley added three hits, including a double, and four RBIs on the day while Jenny Brumfield had a pair of hits and three RBIs in the first game for Cabell Midland (10-1).
Morgan Zerkle, Jamie Schussler and Makayla Waugh also had multiple hits in one of the two games while Mandi King, who celebrated a birthday on Monday, added an RBI single.
"When you have kids who can either slap the ball or get a double or bunt for hits, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense," Lunsford said.
Spring Valley coach Allison Webb also saw some good things out of her team. She said now the goal is to start stringing those things together to produce runs and wins.
"On paper, it looks like we got it handed to us twice, but I saw some good things out there," Webb said. "We've got to consistently make the routine plays - two hands, catch the ball, getting runners over and getting them in and things like that. It's just little things, though. I wasn't mad at the effort."
For Spring Valley (2-10), Brooke Jackson had a double in the first game while Taylor Brumfield was 2-3.
SPRING VALLEY 000 000 - 0 4 5
CABELL MIDLAND 201 203 - 8 11 0
Phillips and Robertson. Shull and Koontz. Hitting: (SV) Jackson 2B; Brumfield 2-2. (CM) Zerkle 2-3; King RBI; Colliflower 3-4; Kelley 2B, 2 RBI; Brumfield 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI.
SPRING VALLEY 000 - 0 1 1
CABELL MIDLAND 226 - 10 11 0
Phillips and Robertson. Marsh and Koontz. Hitting: (CM) Colliflower 2-2, 2B, 4 RBI; Kelley 2-3, 2 RBI; Schussler 2-2, 2B; Waugh 2-2, RBI