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WHS girls suffer first league loss
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Give Warwick right fielder Cassidy Godber and catcher Jenny George credit for doing all they could.
Conestoga Valley’s Kelly Martin just improvised and got rewarded for it.
When teammate Nicole Allen flew out to Godber in right in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh, Martin tug up from third, and although the throw beat her, she was able to jump over George’s glove and touch the plate.
It turned out to be the deciding run in a 1-0 win by the Lady Bucks, as they sent Warwick to its first league loss of the season in a Section One-Two crossover in Witmer on Tuesday.
"I think (Jenny) was expecting a slide and (Martin) jumped and got over her glove and landed on the plate and that was the game," Warwick coach Don Miller said. "It was a shame because it was a great play by Cass and Jenny did a nice job getting the ball."
While Warwick fell to 9-1 in Section One (10-3 overall),
If not for Martin’s leap, the two teams might have gone to extra innings in a tight pitchers duel between Warwick’s Tessa Eckman, who yielded just three hits while striking out seven, and CV’s Courtney Allen, who gave up only one hit.
"It was a good old-fashioned pitcher’s dual," Miller said. "(Allen) had a good rise ball, we were chasing some pitches, but Tessa was hitting her spots. They were both doing a good job."
Although Godber worked a leadoff free pass in the first and Victoria Byler walked in the third, the Warwick girls’ best chance to score came in the top of the seventh. Karlie Watson singled, Madi Derr reached on a grounder to deep short, and Lacey Lefever worked a two-out walk to load the bases, but Allen got out of the jam with one of her six K’s.
That set the stage for the bottom of the inning, when Martin stroked a leadoff double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Nicole Allen’s sac fly.
Last Friday, Warwick overcame early deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, then broke open a close game with a three-run sixth on its way to a 7-2 win over Elizabethtown. Derr went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and Godber was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
In other action, Warwick scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning, erasing a 2-0 hole against Solanco and leading them to a 3-2 win over the Mares in Quarryville.
Alex Condie was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI’s and Godber chipped in with three hits to support the pitching of Eckman, who scattered six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win. More WHS GIRLS, page B-6