MIDDLETOWN — Looking a lot like teams that haven’t been outside to practice much due to the cold, wet early spring, Pendleton Heights defeated Shenandoah 6-1 in softball Tuesday.
The game was much closer late in the game than the final score would indicate.
The Arabians scored three times on three hits in the top of the sixth to break open what was a 2-1 lead against Raiders starting pitcher Rachel Krathwohl.
PH catcher Jordan Dean led off the inning with a single and went to second on a single by Sydney Windlan. Morgan Hubble lashed a double to deep center that scored Dean. Bailey Benefiel’s grounder plated another run. Breanna Pryor walked with two outs. Pinch runner Bailey Williams, who was on third, worked a perfect double-steal to make it 5-1.
“We hit the ball hard in spots,” said Arabians coach Rob Davis. “Our short game was non-existent. We couldn’t move runners around at all.”
Pendleton likely wouldn’t even have had a lead to take into the sixth if it hadn’t been for some fielding miscues by the Raiders in the opening inning.
Sarah Dixon opened with a walk. She stole second base and came all the way around to score when the throw went into right-center field. One out later Delilah Wright doubled and advanced to third when the throw back to the infield went awry. She scored on a deep fly ball off the bat of Dean.
The Arabians finished the scoring against Shenandoah reliever Sara Conner in the seventh without benefit of a hit. Heather Wendling walked, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Krathwohl had a solid outing for the Raiders, giving up five hits and four earned runs in six innings. She struggled a bit with control, walking five, and had three strikeouts.