Lady Pacers go 1-2 in ORVC games

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity softball team finished 1-2 in a trio of conference games last week, losing to Milan last Thursday; falling to Madison Shawe on Friday night; and defeating South Ripley on Saturday.

On Thursday night, the Lady Pacers fell to a solid Milan team by a score of 7-1.

Karista Wengert scored the lone run for Switzerland County; with Rachel Tressler recording the RBI. Karista Wengert also had two hits – but those were the only three that the Lady Pacers got in the game. Maggie Armstrong did had a stolen base.

Becky Turner had five strikeouts while pitching; but the lack of a Switzerland County offense and some key mistakes led to the loss.

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In Friday’s game, the Lady Hilltoppers won by a score of 4-3.

Maggie Armstrong was 2-for-3 on the night for Switzerland County, recording two RBI.

Hailee Smith scored two runs for the Lady Pacers, while Karista Wengert scored the other run. Rachel Tressler accounted for the other Switzerland County RBI.

At the plate: other Lady Pacers getting hits included Hailee Smith, Rachel Tressler, Kelsi South, Catie Johnson, and Ashley Poling; while Karista Wengert, Maggie Armstrong, and Hailee Smith each had a stolen base.

On the mound, Becky Turner recorded eight strikeouts.

“This was a difficult home loss,” coach Steven Konkle said. “Shawe fielded the ball well. We just allowed too many baserunners and didn’t get going soon enough.”

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On Saturday, Switzerland County picked up it’s first conference win of the year with a 5-4 decision over South Ripley.

The Lady Pacer bats came alive, with three doubles being a part of their eight hits.

Maggie Armstrong, Rachel Tressler, and Hayley South all had doubles; with Hayley South earning “Player of the Game” accolades from the coaching staff for going 2-for-3 at the plate overall, and she also scored a run.

Other hits were recorded by Karista Wengert, Hailee Smith, Jenna Daugherty, and Ashley Poling; and other runs were scored by: Hailee Smith, Maggie Armstrong, Catie Johnson, and Ashley Poling.

Karista Wengert stole a base; and Rachel Tressler and Ashley Poling each had an RBI.

Becky Turner continued her outstanding pitching duties, recording eight strikeouts to pick up the win. She was also honored as a “Player of the Game”.

“Both teams committed errors that led to runs,” Coach Konkle said. “We were lucky to come away with a road win in conference play.”

The Lady Pacers return to action tomorrow (Friday) with a home game with Franklin County.