Creek sweeps Riders


Sports correspondent

WEIRTON – The Indian Creek softball team began the season on a good note Saturday afternoon at Weir as the Redskins defeated the Red Riders, 10-0, in both games of a doubleheader.

Indian Creek (2-0) won the opener in four innings and the second game in three.

“They are a very good team,” Weir (2-3) head coach Dave Hinerman said.

Paige Geanangel won both games for the Redskins, striking out eight and walking one in Game 1.

“It was a very good day,” said Redskins coach Angela Penner. “It is a great day to open the season. I think the girls were excited to get on the field today.

“Paige was focused. She threw well.”

Abby Orr recorded two singles and three RBI, Geanangel tallied two doubles, a single and two RBI and Maddie Rees delivered two singles and three RBI. Also, Hannah Webb had a single and an RBI, and Alexis Monroe added a base hit.

“We did have a slow start. We had to get our timing down. Once we got our timing down, we put the ball in play,”?said Penner.

“We haven’t been outside a lot. Most of our scrimmages were canceled. We did scrimmage Catholic Central, but other than we were only able to practice outside a couple of times.

“I am real proud of the girls. They were on a mission today.”

Geanangel pitched a three-inning perfect game in Game 2, fanning six.

Alexis Monroe belted a three-home run, Geanangel tallied a run-scoring double and Marissa DeFallo finished with a run-scoring single. Also, Orr, Webb and Cheyanne Allen all collected a base hit.

The Redskins scored five runs in the first and five more in the third to seal the deal in Game 2.

“They (the Redskins) do the right things at the right time,” said Hinerman. “Their pitcher was overpowering.”

The Red Riders played both games without a full complement of players.

“We have one girl in the hospital,” Hinerman said. “They are running tests on her. Our shortstop was home sick with the flu. Our third baseman had to play shortstop. We had a freshman who has never played before playing at third. We had a freshman who has never played before playing at first.

“In the first game, the score was 1-0 in the third inning. We were playing them tough. Then, we dropped a fly ball with two outs, and they scored five runs after that. You can’t make mistakes against a good team like that. We gave them some runs, but they are a good team. Their pitcher is superb.

“Abby (Pratt) pitched the first game. We pulled her in the second game for her arm. She didn’t want to come out, but we have got a lot of games left. No game is worth injuring a player.”

After two scoreless innings, the Redskins plated six runs in the top of the third inning before adding four more runs in the fourth en route to winning the first game.

Pratt took the loss in both games. In the opener, she struck out four and walked five.

Offensively, Kelly LeMasters singled for the Red Riders’ lone hit of the game and on the day.

In the second game, she struck out two without walking a batter in 2 innings of work inside the circle. LeMasters came on and recorded the last out of the inning. LeMasters walked one while not striking out a batter.

Weir is scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Monday at home against East Liverpool.

Indian Creek is scheduled to play Monday at Beaver Local.

“We are going to take it one day at a time,”?said Penner. “We want to peak at the right time. We are going to work hard day in and day out. Today was a credit to the girls.”