She showed little stress or strain Tuesday. West out-dueled South Charleston senior All-State pitcher Alli Burdette, and helped her own cause with a two-run double that helped put Lincoln County ahead for good during a three-run fifth inning.
The hard-throwing Burdette struck out 12 but -- as was often the case during her junior year in which she was named Kanawha Valley Player of the Year -- did not get much help from her defense. The Black Eagles (2-1) committed a pair of errors but also committed numerous mental mistakes in the field that allowed routine plays to become Panther hits.
Burdette, who finished the 2012 season with a 0.78 ERA, gave up five earned runs.
"You can't give this team opportunities," South Charleston coach Bob Catlett said. "We did that several times today. It was tough playing in the wind today, but (Lincoln County was) in the same boat that we are, and I think our inexperience showed a little bit."
South Charleston, which starts four freshman infielders, took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning when center fielder Meredith Cain drove an RBI double to left-center field then later scored on an error.
Lincoln County answered quickly however. In the top of the fifth, Panther freshman shortstop Sarah Barrett hit a pop-up that landed just behind the glove of SC freshman shortstop Madison Pauley in shallow left field. Center fielder Morgan Hutchison followed with an infield single before West came to the plate and drove a Burdette pitch into the left-center field power alley.
West scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandi Isaacs to cap the three-run inning.
"That's what we expect, for our girls to show a little bit of heart and step up when somebody takes a lead. We've got to be able to come right back," Lincoln County coach Rod Hoover said.
Barrett was 2-for-4 with a double for Lincoln County while Hutchison was 2-for-3.
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