The Georgetown varsity softball team fell to Wando 17-5 in the regular season opener at Georgetown High School March 4 at Georgetown High School. The Bulldogs open the season 0-1 while Wando moves to 1-0.
Georgetown head coach Whitney Ramsing said her team did not play poorly, despite what the scoreboard may say.
“It’s not really that we played bad. Pitching kind of went awol for us tonight,” Ramsing said. “Overall the girls didn’t hang their heads and they never quit even though it was a tough night. That shows a lot about who they are and what type of team they are. It was just Wando’s night.”
Georgetown pitcher Anna Watson took the loss, throwing a third of an inning and giving up four walks and five runs (all earned) before leaving the game with an injury after being hit in the arm with a ball. Courtney Gaskins allowed six runs on 12 hits and five walks in 3.2 innings of work and Hanna Avant allowed 10 hits and five runs.
Ramsing said Avant hadn’t pitched for the Bulldogs for two years, but when Ramsing needed her, she stepped up and took the mound.
“Not only has she played well in left field, but I told her to warm up and there she was. That’s the just the type of players we have. It doesn’t matter what I ask them to do. Even if they’ve never played first base, they are going to play it. That’s just their attitude.”
Wando’s Caroline Holmes earns the victory for the Warriors, pitching a complete game and allowing 15 hits, five runs and three walks while striking out two batters.
Wando collected 23 hits and drew 12 walks in the game while the Bulldogs recorded 15 hits.
“They girls continued to hit the ball throughout the night,” Ramsing said. “It wasn’t like we were up and down. We just couldn’t put it together when we needed it.”
Shortstop Jordyn Stefani went 4-6 with two RBI and two runs scored while third baseman Mercedes Barker went 4-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Alyssa Boris added three hits and two RBI and walked twice.
Gaskins went 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored while second baseman Kate Crocker went 3-4 with a run scored. Catherine Wall added two hits an RBI and a run scored.
Wando jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning thanks to three bases loaded walks and a two RBI double by Stefani. Georgetown responded in the bottom of the first, cutting the Wando lead to 6-3 thanks to a two RBI double by Gaskins and an RBI double by Wall.
Rianna Lash’s two-out double gave Wando an 8-3 lead in the top of the second inning. Wando scored runs in every inning but the fifth inning and held Georgetown without another run until the fifth inning.
Georgetown broke the scoring drought when Taylor Neely doubled to center field, scoring Wall and cutting the Warrior lead to 12-4. Wando put up two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but Meagan Vause doubled in the bottom of the sixth to score Gaskins, allowing Georgetown to avoid a mercy-rule and play the seventh inning.
The Bulldogs will practice the rest of the week before they host their first region game of the season against Hanahan, the 2018 3A state champions, March 12. Georgetown will then travel to Hanahan March 15.
Ramsing said they will be working on pitching leading up to their matchup with the Hawks.
“When things are going well for us on the mound, it’s usually a different game for us,” Ramsing said.