Whitehall’s softball team broke out of its early season slump in a big way picking up its first win of the season last Wednesday against Salem.
After being held to a total of three runs in its first two games, Whitehall pounded out 10 hits in a 14-0 romp over the Generals.
Victoria Christian had a double, single, and three RBIs and Emily Harker drove in two runs for the Railroaders. Brittney Putorti twirled a gem on the mound, allowing only two base runners while striking out eight hitters. She also helped her cause at the plate with three singles.
Through the first two innings, the Railroaders looked very much like the team that struggled at the plate in its first two games, but its offense starting clicking in the third inning.
Putorti led off the inning with a single and the hits continued as Whitehall went on to score nine runs in the frame.
The team scored four more times in the fifth and added an extra run in the sixth inning as it cruised to its first win of the season.
The Railroaders also played flawless defense, a welcome departure from their first two games when they committed several costly errors.
Unfortunately the fancy glove work and hot bats didn’t last as Whitehall fell to Argyle 3-2 the following day.
Putorti and Argyle’s Elizabeth Richards engaged in a pitchers’ duel, exchanging zeroes through the first four innings before Whitehall jumped on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with a pair of runs. Argyle, however, answered back as Christina Tucker struck a two-run double to tie the score. The Scots scored the winning run in the seventh inning.
Many of the mistakes Whitehall avoided against Salem returned against Argyle. The Railroaders stranded seven runners in scoring position and committed four errors in the game.
On Monday, Whitehall suffered another 3-2 loss, this time at the hands of Bolton.
Trailing 2-0, Bolton scored three runs in the final inning to earn the victory.
Putorti struck out nine, Ayers went 3 for 4 and Harker doubled and had an RBI.
Whitehall scored its only runs in the third inning and appeared to be cruising to its second win of the season. But the Railroaders committed two errors, allowing two batters to reach base. The Eagles cut the lead to 2-1 and were down to their final out when Abbie Seamans stepped to the place and stroked a game-winning, two-run double.
Whitehall committed five errors in the game and has now made 16 errors in five games and been held to two runs of fewer in four of five games.
Whitehall fell to 1-4 (as of Tuesday evening) on the season. Three of their losses have come in the final inning.
The Railroaders are in the midst of a six-game road trip and will try and right the ship against Argyle tomorrow before a non-league grudge match against defending Wasaren League Champion Granville at noon on Saturday.