Lady Warriors Defeat Juniata Valley and 3A Tyrone

The WB softball team is on a three-game winning streak.
The West Branch Varsity Lady Warrior softball team gathers for their team photo.
The West Branch Varsity Lady Warrior softball team gathers for their team photo.
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The varsity softball team has been on a 3-game winning streak. Although the Warriors took a heartfelt loss to Central Cambria during their first game of the 2024 season, the team bounced back and defeated their next three opponents. The softball team’s first win was against Williamsburg with a score of 14-0. There was a long wait after playing their first two games because of cancellations and postponements due to weather and other factors. Finally, the team was able to get back to their schedule playing on April 9th. West Branch faced off against Juniata Valley. Makena Moore pitched a great game, allowing no runs scored. As a whole, West Branch’s defense was solid. The offense was also stellar, starting with a hit from returning catcher Greysyn Gable. Gable hit a line drive single, allowing junior Chelsey Wesesky to come in the game and courtesy run for Gable. Wesesky made her way into scoring position after an RBI from Mallory Graham. This set the Warriors at 1-0. The team then saw home runs from both Gable and Carsyn Wesesky. Senior Madison Butler also helped the Warriors’ offense with a line-drive single. Starter Layla Thompson also contributed to the team’s win with two hits, one smacking Juniata Valley’s fence. The Lady Warriors ended the game with a 4-0 finish.

After defeating the Hornets, the softball team traveled to Tyrone the next day, April 10th, and put on a show. Pitcher Makena Moore had another outstanding game, striking out 13 batters. Both Moore and Carsyn Wesesky had two hits. Gable and Bainey each smacked a double, with Bainey’s scoring two runs. Mallory Graham and Haley Woodling each singled. West Branch’s Layla Thompson contributed with an RBI single. The girls had quite the day on offense. As a team, the girls combined a total of 10 hits. Madison Butler also had a day in the outfield securing a diving catch. Butler was asked how she felt after making the play; “Although adjusting back to the outfield was scary at first, I gave it my all and was proud of the outcome. I’m excited to see more playing time out there.” The final score against the 3A school was 9-4. Unfortunately, the West Branch game scheduled for Friday, April 12th against Bucktail was postponed due to weather. The Lady Warriors will look to add to their winning streak with a busy four games this week: – Monday, April 15th: home against Penn Cambria. – Tuesday, April 16th: home against Moshannon Valley. – Thursday, April 18th: away at Mount Union. – Friday, April 19th: away at Cambria Heights. Best of luck to the team!

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