Softball team claims conference crown with two big wins

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The Switzerland County High School softball team wrapped up the ORVC championship over the past week, defeating Shawe and Jac-Cen-Del to maintain their perfect conference record, and hold onto a two-game lead with just one to play.

The Lady Pacers played Madison Shawe last Tuesday night, winning by a score 10-1 to run their conference record to 10-0.

The team had 15 hits during the game — including four from Natalie Daugherty and four from Tanya Sefton. These two girls were nominated by Coach Konkle as players of the game for their great performance.

In addition to their hits, Natalie Daugherty and Tanya Sefton also had two RBI each; while Natalie Daugherty also had two runs scored and three stolen bases; and Tanya Sefton had three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Ashley Chase and Kodi Driver each had two hits; while Ashley Bright, Rachel Rodgers and Jennifer South each had a hit.

Ashley Chase had two RBI; and Natalie Graham and Kodi Driver each finished with an RBI.

Amber Smith, Jennifer South, Rachel Rodgers, Ashley Bright and Ashley Chase each scored a run.

Sarah Craig had two stolen bases; while Rachel Rodgers and Ashley Chase each had a stolen base.

Kodi Driver pitched the seven innings. She had four strikeouts while facing 27 batters and only two walks.

“The whole team played well on offense against a quality pitcher (Shawe’s Kathryn Gray) and also on defense with only one error,” coach Steve Konkle said. “Shawe continues to improve and make some really nice defensive plays. This was our second quality game against a quality pitcher. I’m very pleased at this time of year.”

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers earned a win at home by a score of 8-1 against the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles this past Monday. The win secured the conference championship for the Lady Pacers.

Scoring runs for the team were Natalie Daugherty and Rachel Rodgers, each with two; while Tanya Sefton, Ashley Chase, Natalie Graham and Ashley Bright each finished with one.

Rachel Rodgers, Natalie Daugherty, Tanya Sefton and Megan McCarty each had a stolen base.

Finishing with two RBI each were Natalie Daugherty and Natalie Graham; and Ashley Chase, Kodi Driver and Courtney Cole each finished with one RBI.

Catcher Natalie Daugherty was one of the players of the game nominated by coach Steve Konkle for her performance, with no past balls and throwing out a runner; as well as getting some big hits. Pitcher Kodi Driver was also nominated for pitching so well and getting better as the game went on.

Kodi Driver pitched all seven innings and had four strikeouts and only one walk.

“We hadn’t played since last Tuesday and made some early mistakes on bases. We again put the ball in play with only two strikeouts and good things happen when we do that,” Coach Konkle said. “Jac-Cen-Del made some quality plays on our base runners early on a slippery field. There were 13 runners left on base; three thrown or tagged out while on base in running errors.”