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 turn the corner.
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.
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 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.
“It was a good win,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said. “We had some solid hits. We hit three home runs — two by Kelsey. She also pitched well. We’re getting better though 11 games. We’re playing real well and playing like I thought we could play. The kids are doing a real good job. We want to continue to improve. Our pitching is coming around so we don’t have to use Hana Sedlock every game. Kelsey threw the ball well and Steph Curry threw the ball well last night. They are getting better and hopefully we are on the right track.”
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.
Both homers were no-doubt homers sailing well beyond the 200-foot dimensions.
“Monica hit a blast,” Robinette said. “Kelsey hit one over on the other field and then hit another one. Monica is doing a really good job. She hasn’t played since middle school but she is playing very well.”
After a scoreless second, Logan tallied four more runs in the third inning.
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.
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.
Ward got it started with an RBI single as the lead swelled to 8-1.
Hana Sedlock then drove in another run with an RBI fielder’s choice play as Curry slid in safely to make it 9-1.
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.
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 were scheduled to return to action with Thursday’s home game 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.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).