The Logan High School softball team needs runs.
The Lady Cats dropped their third straight game — all shutouts — with Thursday night’s 9-0 defeat at the hands of former Class AAA sectional opponent South Charleston at the Logan Softball Complex.
Logan fell to 2-3 on the season.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Logan had previously lost 6-0 at home to Shady Spring on March 22 and were blanked 4-0 at Scott the next day.
The Lady Cats haven’t scored a run since the March 20 George Washington game when Logan won 6-5 with a two-run ninth inning.
Logan’s scoreless string has now stretched to 19 innings.
South Charleston, which improved to 4-2 on the season, got a shutout performance within the pitching circle by Allie Burdette, who went all five innings and allowed just two hits while striking out nine and walking two.
Shana Hall pitched for Logan. She allowed nine runs and seven hits with five walks and one hit batter. Logan’s defense committed three errors behind her. Hanna Sedlock pitched a scoreless fifth for the Lady Cats.
Rachelle Toppings had a bunt single for Logan in the bottom of the first inning. Hall had the Lady Cats’ only other hit with a leadoff single in the third.
Kaylee Stanley was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI for South Charleston.
The Black Eagles plated three runs in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Madison Pauley had an RBI bunt single during the inning.
In the third, SC pushed two more runs across to make it 5-0. Stanley rippled an RBI triple to left for one of the runs. She then scored on a wild pitch.
Then in the fourth, the Black Eagles plated four more runs to increase the lead to 9-0. The big blow was a two-run homer over the high fence in left field which put SC on top 7-0. Burdette then singled, Emily Bostic doubled and both came home on Stanley’s two-run single to center field.
Amanda McDonald added a hit and an RBI for South Charleston. Lili Phillips also singled for the Black Eagles.
Logan was scheduled to return to action on Friday at regional foe Winfield. LHS beat the Lady Gens 4-3 in the season opener at home.
The Lady Cats then return to action on April 4 at home with a 1 p.m. spring break doubleheader against James Monroe.
Logan then plays April 5-6 in Chapmanville’s Lady Tigers Invitational. LHS takes on Lincoln County on April 5 at 7 p.m., then battles with Herbert Hoover on April 6 at 11 a.m. before playing Poca at 3 p.m. in the Chapmanville tourney.