Lady Grey Ghosts hit for a win over Ottawa, 5-4, in DH

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Tori Espinosa runs for home earlier this season.

The IVC varsity softball team had a tough week to receive three losses but earned a win over Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

The Lady Grey Ghosts are now 6-15 in the season.

Williamsville 7, IVC 3

The Lady Grey Ghosts had an early jump on Williamsville at home April 30 but came up short in the end for a 7-3 loss.

“Unfortunately, against Williamsville, we failed to keep the pressure on them. In the first inning we did a fantastic job of jumping on their pitcher by scoring three runs; however, we did not score again the rest of the game,” coach Josh Clarke said.

IVC had its three runs in the bottom of the first. Megan Connor and DeLaney Coats had an RBI apiece in the first. Both went two for three at the plate in the seven innings.

Williamsville answered back in the third with three runs to tie and another four in the fourth to take the game-long lead.

“Defensively we played really well, but we allowed too many free base runners on walks. Williamsville only scored in two of the seven innings, but they were able to capitalize when they had runners in place,” Clarke said.

Alayna King was on the mound for the game for four strikeouts and seven walks.

Putnam County 8,IVC 0

Against PC Thursday, the Lady Grey Ghosts fell 8-0.

“Unfortunately, this is a game that we did not come out very sharp for. Putnam County is a very tough team and did a nice job of putting pressure on us both offensively and defensively,” Clarke said. “The biggest problem is that we were just not able to make the adjustments we needed to put the pressure back on them.”

PC had an early jump on IVC with three runs scored in the first and another in the third and fourth innings.

PC’s last rally was in the sixth for another three runs.

Despite Connor and King going 2-for-3 at the 

plate, IVC was not able to capitalize on the runners.

King pitched the seven innings for two strikeouts.

“Offensively we did a very nice job doing the little things, making contact, bunting, getting runners in scoring position, to put runs on the scoreboard. Defensively, we were very sharp in the first game behind (King),” Clarke said. 

IVC 5, Ottawa 4

In the first game of the doubleheader with Ottawa at home, IVC was victorious 5-4.

“We came out playing very good softball Saturday morning. Alayna King was sharp in the circle, hitting her spots and keeping their hitters off balance,” Clarke said.

The Lady Grey Ghosts posted its first two runs in the second and had another two in the fifth to lead 4-1.

In the seventh, Ottawa had three runs but the IVC defense halted the Pirates from tieing the game.

Tori Espinosa and Amanda Bowen went 1-for-3 at the plate. Espinosa had an RBI and Bowen a stolen base.

King pitched for three strikeouts. 

Ottawa 23, IVC 12

In the second game of the DH, both teams had high scores to finish but Ottawa came out on top to nearly double the Lady Grey Ghosts score, 23-12.

“Unfortunately, we were two very different teams on Saturday. In the second game, we did a fantastic job putting runs on the board scoring 12 runs. Anytime that you score 12 runs in a game, you should win that game. The problem, though, is our defense was not sharp at all,” Clarke said.

By the end of the third, Ottawa had a 15-5 lead over IVC from three runs in the first and second and another nine in the third.

The Lady Grey Ghosts were able to manage four runs in the fourth. Another three runs by Ottawa in the sixth and four in the seventh secured its win.

IVC finished with one run in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Connor led at the plate to go 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and four runs.

Taylor Kimble went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

Coats finished with three RBIs from a double  after going 2-for-4.

Hailey Coats pitched four innings for one strike out and Sam McIntyre pitched three and gave up just one walk.

“To Ottawa’s credit, they hit the ball hard and put pressure on our defense, but we also committed eight errors and had seven walks in the game. That was just too many errors to keep us in a game. Of the 23 runs that they scored, 11 of them were unearned runs,” Clarke said.