STATE CENTER – It’s been a long time for West Marshall softball.
The Trojans have been a traveling team for the first 13 games of the 2022 season due to fence repairs that have been delayed and are yet to be completed and have yet to play in front of their home fans.
The Trojans finally got away on Tuesday, playing at the old North Diamond at West Marshall High School, to a 12-10 win over Lynnville-Sully to improve their lead to 7-7 for the season. Lynnville-Sally fell to 6-13.
Head coach Jake Randall said the start to the season had been difficult but emphasized how well the players were handling the constant away games.
“It was very important for our girls, they did a great job,” said Randall. “It is difficult, but the children did not miss. This gave them the opportunity to focus only on playing softball.
“Our children have remained very consistent in this approach.”
West Marshall parried two runs early in the first inning with four runs late in the first, taking the lead and showing aggressiveness at the plate. Randall said the team was constantly talking about getting down to business and being aggressive when given the opportunity.
The Hawks immediately fought back, scoring four runs in the second inning and going 6–5 after two innings. The bugs didn’t help the Trojans, but the attack was strong enough to keep them in the game.
Two more runs for Lynnville-Sully in the third and one run for West Marshall put the score at 8–6 before the fourth inning, where the Hawks recorded their last two runs of the competition. A 10-7 score over four innings gave the Trojans the hill to go up, but three innings to do so.
The defense stepped up in the fifth and sixth innings, and the offense still kept the game going in the fifth.
West Marshall’s start to the end of the sixth inning was an avalanche—beginning with Lilly Buck’s outing, the Trojans had six consecutive batters reaching base and four runs across home plate. Siera Randall, Kalin Polley and Josie Zand played key roles in the inning. Jake made sure to praise the older core of his lineup for their contributions to the comeback.
“We were in a great place in our order, we have several senior leaders there,” Jake said. “Lilli starts with a nice walk, Kalin puts pressure on the defense with a great shot.
“We really challenged Josie Zand, she really has some thunder in her bat. She was in a huge situation there and did a really good job.”
With a 12-10 lead early in the seventh inning, the Trojans needed to hold tight on defense and on the mound. Starter Madeleine Carcien and the outfielders held on, catching balls in all three strikeouts to seal the win. Karshen gave up 10 runs (only five of them earned) and eliminated one batter, allowing 10 hits and passing one batter.
On the plate, the Trojans scored 12 hits, with Ciera Randall leading with three hits, while Buck and Polley added two each. Polly led the team (along with Karshen) with two RBIs each. Keaton Pfantz, Zand, Emma Stanley, Karsien and Lily Fisher have each collected one hit.
Next up for the Trojans will be another home match against Perry on Wednesday at 6:15 pm.