Wiard leads Western Hills

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Western Hills' softball team celebrated Senior Night Wednesday with a win, one that put the Lady Wolverines over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

WHHS is now 14-13 after Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Mercer County. Western Hills pitcher Courtney Wiard, who had a perfect game through five innings, threw a one-hitter for the win.

"Courtney pitched well, and we played good defense tonight," WHHS coach Enoch Welch said, "but I was really disappointed in the way we ran the bases and batted. We really missed a lot of opportunities tonight. You're not going to win close games if you can't get runners home."

Wednesday's game was scoreless through 2 1/2 innings, but Western Hills came through with a run in the bottom of the third.

Kara Vest led off with a walk, and Stephanie Wade hit a one-out single to put runners at first and second. A walk to Mollie Wade loaded the bases, and Vest scored when Wiard drew a walk. Marissa Brewer then hit a fly ball to centerfield for the second out, and Stephanie Wade was tagged out at home plate, leaving the score at 1-0.

WHHS picked up its last three runs in the fourth inning with a walk, two errors, a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Cammuse, a fielder's choice and a double by Stephanie Wade.

"I'm pleased our defense played well," Welch said. "Mercer came in and played hard, but we didn't take advantage of our opportunities on base. They caught us off base."

Western Hills finished with five hits - a double and single by Stephanie Wade, and singles by Marissa Brewer, Green and Barnard.

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