Pitching, clutch hitting help Lady Panthers down HSJ

Published 3:10 am Friday, April 1, 2016

Jim Walker



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Thanks for the help.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers took advantage of two walked and nine errors to beat the Huntington St. Joseph Lady Fighting Irish 8-1 on Thursday.

Melanie Noble gave up six hits, struck out 10 and walked only one to get the win.

“Melanie threw the ball really well and we took advantage of their mistakes and got some clutch hits,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice.

St. Joseph’s Chelsea Gale gave up five hits, struck out 10 and walked two. Six of the runs were unearned.

Chesapeake (2-2) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Kelsey Huff reached on an error, Laura Rice singled, both moved up on a wild pitch and Noble reached on an error as the runners scored. Noble came home on a hit by Jordan Storms.

The lead went to 5-0 in the third.

Ryleigh Swann reached on an error, Storms walked and Sydney Wellman was safe on an error as the runners scored.

Chesapeake added a run in the fourth when Huff and Noble both reached on errors.

The final two runs scored in the sixth. Huff singled, Rice walked and Noble doubled home both runners.

Chesapeake hosts South Point on Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Chesapeake 302 102 0 = 8 5 2

Hunt. St. Joe 000 001 0 = 1 6 9

Melanie Noble and Kelsey Huff. Chelsea Gale and Laura Schaffer. W-Noble (K-10, BB-1). L-Gale (K-10, BB-2). Hitting-Chesapeake: Kelsey Huff 1-4, Laura Rice 1-3, Melanie Noble 1-4, Ryleigh Swann 1-4, Jordan Storms 1-3; HSJ: Jamila McMurray 2-4, Chelsea Gale 1-3, Ann Dyer 1-3, Elizaberth Mayes 1-3, Mary Parker 1-3.