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High school softball: Offense key as Winfield claims first victory

By Kasey Hickman

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Thanks to a combination of four Riverside errors and its own relentless batting, Winfield grabbed its first win of the high school softball season Thursday, beating Riverside, 7-3.

With a team that includes five freshmen, those players aren't the only Generals rookies on the field. Kelly Montgomery grabbed her first win as Winfield's head coach .

"It's a pleasure coaching these kids," Montgomery said. "Our only goal right now is family. We want this team to be as close as they can be."

Although Riverside (2-3) had a booming start, scoring its three runs in the first two innings, Winfield's offensive lineup was unstoppable Thursday.

Natalie Miskofsky and Kenna Markham stood on base in the first inning with two outs when freshman Madison Wall drove a pitch to left field scoring both.

"When we see these freshmen, all we see is aggressive players who will step up to get on the field," Montgomery said. "Natalie was clutch on the bases today, getting on anyway, while Kenna was killing the ball and Madison proved her part to us as an upcoming player."

Alongside Wall's big hit, Markham was 3-for-3, advancing her base each time she stepped to the plate with a single, double and triple.

"I just stayed confident and kept my head in the game," Markham said.

Winfield (1-2) got contributions from its entire lineup in the win.

Pitcher Abbie Short and shortstop Ally Funk ripped doubles, both into left-center field, contributing to the win. Katie Ferrell joined their extra-base hit parade in the sixth inning, hitting a triple to right and later scored on Funk's double.

Riverside Coach Mike Taylor pulled starter Kaylee Wolfe in favor of ace Sara Winter, but could not stop the sixth-inning rally.

"We just did not come ready to play today," Taylor said. "(Winfield) came ready, and they out-played us. There is no excuse for it."

Although Taylor was dissatisfied with the outcome, Riverside's first two at-bats looked promising. Cassady Schmidt, Destini Diegert, and Felicia Burton were top of the lineup and each managed to reach base in the first. Only one scored, but it set the tone for a second-inning rally.

Veteran Destinae Schmidt, amidst seeing first and second base occupied knew she had to pull through for her team. With a double in the second inning, she had 2 RBI and was 2-for-3.

Both starting pitchers struggled in the game, with Scott striking out three and giving up 10 hits.



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