By Paul Adkins
After a slow start to the season in late March with blowout losses to South Charleston and Chapmanville, the Logan High School softball team is starting to put the pieces together.
The pitching is coming around and so is the hitting.
That was on full display on Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Cats pounded on the Scott Lady Hawks, winning 11-1 in five innings at the Logan Softball Complex.
Logan improved to 7-4 with the victory and won its fourth straight game.
The Lady Cats hit three home runs in the win — two by pitcher Kelsey Ward and another by first baseman Monica Mitchell.
Logan High School softball’s Kelsey Ward hits her second home run — a two-run shot — to put the Lady Cats on top of Scott 5-0 in Wednesday afternoon’s game. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Ward was 3-for-3 with four RBI to lead Logan. She also pitched the complete game win as she tossed four innings and gave up just one run and three hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Logan’s Kelsey Ward strikes out Tori Ward on a change up to end the top of the fourth inning. (Videos by Paul Adkins)
LHS pitcher Kelsey Ward fans Tori Bell. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan had 13 hits in the game.
Leadoff centerfielder Mohoghani Patton was 2-for-3 with a pair of bunt singles and one RBI. Left fielder Brooklyn Queen was 2-for-3 with one RBI and right fielder and number nine hitter Jaden Oney was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
The Lady Cats got things going in the bottom of the first as Steph Curry was safe on a fielder’s choice and Mitchell ripped a long two-run homer to left field to make it 2-0. Ward then followed with a solo homer to center off Scott starter Kaila Craddock as Logan led 3-0.
After a scoreless second, Logan tallied four more runs in the third.
Mitchell drew a one-out walk and trotted home as Ward hit her second homer of the game — a two-run shot to center — as Logan led 5-0.
Later in the inning, Oney sliced a two-run, opposite field triple down the right field line as the Lady Cats increased their lead to 7-0.
Logan’s Jaden Oney hits a two-run triple down the right field line in the third inning to give the Lady Cats a 7-0 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Scott scored its only run in the top of the fourth off Ward as Sydney Brown led off with a bloop double to right and scored on Lauren Mayes’ RBI double which bounced to the left field fence as the Lady Hawks pulled to within 7-1.
Logan then came right back in the bottom of the fourth, batting around and scoring four runs to end it early due to the mercy rule.
Logan’s Brooklyn Queen singles to center field in the third inning. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Ward got it started with an RBI single as the lead swelled to 8-1.
Kelsey Ward’s RBI single to center in the fourth inning gave Logan an 8-1 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Hana Sedlock then drove in another run with an RBI fielder’s choice play as Curry slid in safely to make it 9-1.
Steph Curry slides in for a run on an RBI fielder’s choice play on a grounder off the bat of Hana Sedlock as LHS increased its lead to 9-1. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chelsea Napier was later hit by a pitch to load up the bases and Queen followed with a bases loaded RBI single as the Lady Cats led 10-1.
Brooklyn Queen’s bases loaded RBI single to center in the fourth gave Logan a 10-1 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan then ended the game in unusual fashion as pinch hitter Khyra Wright was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. It was a walkoff hit by pitch as Logan put the last dent on the scoreboard with the 11-1 win.
Taylor Napier, Sedlock and Curry added hits for Logan.
The Lady Cats are scheduled to return to action with Thursday’s home game at 5:30 p.m. against county rival Man. Logan then hosts Point Pleasant on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and heads to Winfield on Saturday at 1 p.m., all weather permitting.
Scott’s Cassie Stowers grounds out to second base. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Lady Cats’ Chelsea Napier is safe at first as Scott fails to turn a double play. (Video by Paul Adkins)
— Look for more from Wednesday’s game, including still photos and coach’s comments in Friday’s Logan Banner print edition.