Softball Team Defeats Two Big Rivals in One Week

The Lady Warriors are making their mark.
The West Branch Lady Warrior softball team gathers around teammate Greysyn Gable to celebrate her 100th career hit.
The West Branch Lady Warrior softball team gathers around teammate Greysyn Gable to celebrate her 100th career hit.
Image/Graphics by Andrea Wesesky

After collecting a total of 39 runs in 3 games the week of April 14th, West Branch varsity softball powered through their next 3 games the following week. The Lady Warriors were put to the test facing two of their biggest rivals in one week. However, that did not stop the team from advancing to a 9-1 record after yet another 3-0 week. The Lady Warriors started strong, with a win over rival Glendale by a score of 8-3. Greysyn Gable led the team going four for four. Gable singled in the first, third, fifth, and seventh innings. Makena Moore earned the win on the mound. Moore gave up only five hits and three unearned runs over seven innings. The starting pitcher struck out eight. West Branch collected a total of 13 hits in the game. Moore and Haley Woodling each collected multiple hits for the team. Mallory Graham and Layla Thompson each had RBI singles back to back. Carsyn Wesesky followed with an RBI. The Lady Warriors’ defense was also on point with stellar catches from outfielders Mallory Graham and Madison Butler. 

Just two days after defeating Glendale, the Lady Warriors went on to play their other biggest rival, Claysburg Kimmel. Last season the softball team took a hard loss to Claysburg in the District Championship game at St. Francis University. The team finally sought revenge after dominating the Bulldogs 9-0, sending them home with their first loss of the season. Greysyn Gable was a standout yet again. Gable went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. This game was especially important to Gable because she reached her 100th career hit. Gable’s 100th hit was a home run smacked over Claysburg’s left fielder’s head. Greysyn stated how she felt. “I was super happy when I found out I had hit my 100th career hit and to top it off it was a home run. I knew at the beginning of the season I needed 17 but I don’t keep track of my stats so I had no clue how close I actually was.” Brooke Bainey and Layla Thompson each had an RBI while Mallory Graham plated two runs. Madison Butler picked up a couple of hits for the team as did Carsyn Wesesky. Haley Woodling also gathered a hit for the team, as did Mackenzie MacTavish. West Branch had a total of 11 hits. In the circle, pitcher Makena Moore struck out 12 and had a complete game. 

The Lady Warriors then finished off the week facing Portage at home. After the long week, West Branch was able to secure their third and final win of those 7 days. The Lady Warriors had a 6-1 lead after 3 innings but struggled since. In the second inning both Layla Thompson and Madison Butler each collected singles, scoring runners. Thompson also added a two-run single in the third with Carsyn Wesesky’s RBI. The team had a total of 11 hits, Brooke Bainey, Butler, Greysyn Gable, and Thompson each with two. Thompson had 3 RBIs while Bainey and Gable each had doubles. On the defensive end, Wesesky held Portage for 5 innings allowing only one run. Although in the 6th Portage took a turn, securing runs on the board, it wasn’t enough to catch up to now 9-1 West Branch.

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