WHITINGHAM-The Twin Valley girls’ softball team had a rocky week, falling to 5-6 on the season. The Wildcats suffered two home losses, one close, and one on a mercy rule.
L&G 12 TV 9
The last time the Wildcats faced rival Leland & Gray they traveled home with a 16-1 blowout loss, but on Thursday they made the Rebels sweat, taking the game to the last out.
The Rebels put their bats on the ball early, but Twin Valley’s defense backed up pitcher Abby Putnam with a solid effort that kept the game close, and kept the damage from walks to a minimum. Second baseman Colton Butler went 1-4 on the day, but rocked a line drive to the center-right outfield gap and sailed around the bases for an in-the-park home run in the second inning to give her squad a spark, beating out the tag by an inch.
The Wildcats would be done in by errors in the sixth inning as the Rebels were able to add five runs to take a commanding lead. But Twin Valley showed resiliancy, and Putnam kept Leland & Gray off the board in the seventh inning. The Wildcats were able to bring the game within three, but with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, the rally ran dry, and the Rebels took the rematch 12-9.
West Rutland 21 TV 3 (five innings)
When the Wildcats traveled to West Rutland earlier in the season, they put together what, Coach Aaron Wood called his teams best defensive effort of the season. This time around it was a different story, as the Wildcat defense broke down, and they were defeated in five innings, with an 18-run mercy rule going into effect.
Abby Putnam walked only three batters in four innings, but 10 errors by her defense, and 15 hits by the Golden Horde sank the Wildcats early. “We couldn’t field the ball,” said Wood. “We’re a good team if we can just field balls. We can’t win games if we don’t.”
While the Wildcats’ bats were cool all game, Colton Butler managed a 2-3 night from the plate with a double and a triple, while Sammy Cunningham-Darrah and Christina Moore each had an RBI.
Twin Valley sits at 5-6 with five games left, and Coach Wood is optimistic his team can still compete for a playoff run. “I still believe we’re one of the better teams in our division, we just need to play defense.”
The Wildcats host Long Trail School today at 4:30 pm.