Wildcat girls score nearly 60 runs in openers



April 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

HS SB: Yates Center

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better start to the season than the Yates Center softball team had on Monday.

The Lady Cats started the season with a sweep of Altoona-Midway on the road to the tune of 35-0 and 23-0.

In the first game, Yates Center recorded only 10 hits in the three innings played but reached base on walks 18 times.

The Wildcats opened the game with 19 runs in the first inning followed by 10 in the second and six in the third. The Lady Jets recorded no runs and a single hit.

Starting pitcher Taylor Jacobs faced 10 Altoona hitters in the game and struck out four of them.

Madelynn Collins and Katelynn Jones each led the Lady Cats with five runs batted in on two hits. Emma Chrisman was right behind with four runs on two hits.

Yates Center’s offense only scored 25 of their 35 runs and Altoona allowed the rest either on bases-loaded walks or on one of their seven errors in the game.

The Lady Cats stole four bases led by Jacobs who had two.

It’s hard to think that the second game —which ended in a 23- run, no-hitter for Yates Center — was a step down from the first game but somehow it was.

After 17 runs in the first inning, the Lady Cats only scored one in the second and five in the third.

Collins had the starting pitching duties and was a walk away from a perfect game. However, a six-strikeout no-hitter will probably sit just fine with the sophomore.

Jordan Weseloh and Collins were the lone Lady Cat hitters to record more than one hit and Kyra Griffith had four RBIs on her one hit.

The Lady Jets gave up only two errors in game two but walked 15 batters in the game while striking out just three.

Weseloh stole base three times out of the Lady Cats’ total of seven.

The Lady Cats will try to keep their impressive play going today when they travel to face Northeast-Arma.