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Seneca picks up first win of season over Warriors

SENECA — Dominant pitching and timely hitting proved to be the keys to success for the Seneca High School softball team Tuesday night, as the Bobcats captured their first win of the season by a score of 2-1 over cross-county rival West-Oak.

Seneca (1-6, 1-3 Western AAA) showcased its young talent on the mound as seventh graders Brittany Reynolds and Sydney Smith combined for a one-hitter against the Warriors.

“We finally put it together tonight,” Seneca head coach Rick Pate said. “Over the last couple of games we’ve been making some mistakes defensively and tonight we had just one error. I’m real proud of my pitchers – both of them seventh graders – and they threw real well.”

Reynolds pitched five innings, striking out six and walking four with one hit and an unearned run. Smith entered the game in the top of the sixth inning and closed the door on the Warriors as she went two innings, striking out three and not allowing a single base runner.

“I think I did great,” Reynolds said. “I’m just really proud of myself, and I’m glad we won.”

West Oak (5-7, 1-3) got a good outing from pitcher Ashley McGuffin – who went six innings with three strikeouts and gave up five hits, a walk and two earned runs – but unfortunately the Warrior offense could not get on track.

“Defensively we played well but offensively we’re struggling,” West-Oak assistant coach Virginia Senn said. “We have a couple of our big hitters that are out with injuries and we hope to have them back real soon. I think offensively we just could not get our bats going tonight.”

The Bobcats scored their first run in the second inning, when Garyt Hamilton tripled and was driven in by Reynolds. Seneca added another run in the fourth on a leadoff double by Olivia Piccirillo and an RBI single by Brittany Brooks.

“I’m just real proud of the girls,” Pate said. “They’ve worked hard and haven’t lost their spirit. We’ve been in a lot of close games but just haven’t been able to finish and we did that tonight and it feels good.”

West Oak mounted a late comeback in the fifth inning with a leadoff walk, a single by Cortney Moore – who managed the only hit for West-Oak – and a passed ball that scored the runner.

“I’m proud of all the girls,” said Piccirillo, one of the Bobcats’ senior leaders. “I know we have a really young team and hopefully this is just the beginning of a winning streak. I’m so proud of our young pitchers and how well they did tonight. I think we’re staring to gel as a team.”

Seneca 2, West-Oak 1

WOW 000 010 0 — 1

SHS 010 100 x — 2

Pitching

IP H ER K BB

W—Reynolds 5.0 1 0 6 4

L—McGuffin 6.0 5 2 3 1

S—Smith 2.0 0 0 3 0