Weekly Feature

2010-05-06 / Sports

West softball nears .500 mark with latest wins


West Seneca West’s softball team played nearly every day last week and was rewarded for its hard work with wins in three of its six most recent games, which raised the Lady Indians’ overall record to 4-5.

West’s week began Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Jamestown. Leslie Keegan (five strikeouts) and Jill Schrader (10 strikeouts) combined efforts to throw the no-hit shutout, and their teammates responded with the only run West would need in the second. The Lady Indians tacked on two more runs in the sixth to ensure the win.

Kristen Nazaruk (two RBIs), Allie Chavanne and Kali Supples each went 2-for-3 to lead West offensively, while Ryhan Chavanne, Jenna Dischner and Sam Schmidt all added a hit as well.

The Lady Indians then won their second game in as many days when they shut down Orchard Park Wednesday, 8-3. Keegan earned the complete-game win on the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. A four-run fifth inning, meanwhile, broke open what was an otherwise close inning for West.

Nazaruk (home run, two RBIs), Keegan (two RBIs), Lisa Keating (RBI) and Allie Chavanne all went 2-for-3 at the plate for West, while Kaylah Maze went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Supples, Dischner and Ryhan Chavanne all added a hit each.

West then fell to powerhouse Clarence Friday, 8-1. The Lady Indians collected just two hits as a team, with Alicia Wheeler’s solo home run in the sixth inning providing West’s lone run. Nazaruk had the other hit for West, which had some issues in the field — issues which Clarence was all too eager to capitalize on offensively.

“We struggled a little bit defensively with five errors, and they’ve also got a very good pitche r, ” coach Lori Potter said. “They’re a good hitting team; actually they’re pretty solid all around.”

West closed out its week by participating in the Depew Tournament Saturday, where the Lady Indians went 1-1 in Bracket B. The Lady Indians began their appearance with a 6-2 win over Starpoint in the morning, and followed up with a 2-1 loss to Sweet Home.

Keegan picked up the win on the mound against Starpoint, allowing just five hits while striking out 11, while Ryhan Chavanne (3-for-3, RBI) and Allie Chavanne (2-for-2, RBI) were both perfect at the plate. Maze (RBI), Nazaruk (RBI) and Supples all added a hit each.

Keegan was just as sharp in the loss to Sweet Home, tossing a two hitter with 11 strikeouts that prevented Sweet Home from scoring until it posted one run in the sixth and one in the seventh. West actually led 1-0, scoring its only run in the fifth, before Sweet Home figured out a way to get on the scoreboard. Schroeder finished the game 2-for-2 to pace West, while Dischner added the other hit.

West’s string of games conclude Monday with an 11-1 loss to Lancaster. The Lady Indians could muster just four hits on the day, as Allie Chavanne, Dischner, Schrader and Keegan all hit singles.

“Lancaster just pounded the ball against us, and we struggled again at the plate a little bit,” Potter said.

West (3-2 division) returned to action Wednesday at Hamburg, but information about that contest was not available at press time. The Lady Indians are slated to close out their week by traveling to Frontier this afternoon and Williamsville North Friday.

“This is going to be a tough week for us, playing some of the better teams in our division,” Potter said. “It’s just a matter of us consistently not letting the other team’s pitcher get ahead of us, and also finding a way to get runners in when we get them into scoring position.”

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