HHS beats Spring Valley
HUNTINGTON -- If anyone was going to pull Spring Valley's softball team even with Huntington High in the Timberwolves' final at bat Friday, it was Cassie Adkins.
In a moment of near precognition, Highlanders coach Darren Woody moved shortstop Morgan Sawyers over to third base as Spring Valley's big bat led off the top of the seventh inning.
Pitcher Rachel Bias got Adkins to put the ball right at Sawyers, who made the throw to first where Morgan Kinder made a quad-straining catch to secure the out.
With the moment of drama passed, Bias calmly struck out the next two batters and suddenly Huntington High (4-6) had broken a four-game losing skid, topping Spring Valley, 3-2.
"I knew I had to keep it low because I know she (Adkins) likes to pull the ball," Bias said after her complete game victory. "After I got her out, yeah, it was a relief."
Also of relief to Woody was seeing the Highlanders put up three runs, a veritable offensive explosion after Huntington High had gone scoreless in its last two games.
"Rachel has had her A game the last two games she's pitched, we got some runs and we got some defense when we needed it," Woody said. "We were happy to get out of this with a win and stop that losing streak. Hopefully this is something we can build on."
In the other dugout there was frustration, as the normally lively bats of Spring Valley (2-8) went quiet at the worst possible times.
Spring Valley left the bases full in the top of the first and second innings, while producing only one run. The Timberwolves left nine runners stranded over the course of the game.
"We were doing our job in getting them on and getting them over," said Spring Valley coach Allison Webb. "Getting them in was a big, big problem. And we cannot leave that many runners stranded.
Webb said she was impressed with Bias' performance, but also disappointed that some of her hitters watched too many pitches.
"We have to put the bat on the ball when she gives us the opportunity," Webb said. "Instead of letting the umpire call strike three, we need to be swinging at those pitches. We have to do something better than just making it a two person game allowing the pitcher and catcher to work."
Bias struck out six in the game, including a huge K in the top of the second to get the Highlanders off the field with the bases juiced, and only allowed two hits.
Both teams struggled a bit in the field, committing a combined eight errors. Brooke Phillips went the distance on the mound for the Timberwolves, giving up five hits and no earned runs.
SPRING VALLEY 100 001 0 -- 2 2 5
HUNTINGTON HIGH 102 000 X -- 3 5 3
Phillips and Elex Robertson; Bias and Laura Collins
Hitting: (SV) Jackson 2B; Kerfer RBI.