Striking the first blow, the W.F. West softball team had a hot start, but couldn’t overcome a 6-spot in the second inning and eventually fell to 4A Union Thursday evening on the road, 7-5.
The Bearcats put four runs on the board in the first inning, and had a strong start at the plate with Lena Fragner going 3 for 3 with a double and Rachel Gray going 2 for 3 with a walk, but they managed just one run after that.
That wouldn’t be enough to overcome a second-inning barrage from the Titans, who scored six in the second and added another insurance run in the third before a whole lot of zeroes over the last four innings.
Monroe Dalrymple got the start toeing the rubber for the Bearcats and went two innings, giving up six earned runs on five hits with two walks. Staysha Fluetsch stepped in out of the pen to pitch four innings with one earned run tacked against her on four hits with three strikeouts.
“We wanted to try and get her some experience and she did really well,” Bearcats coach Kevin Zylstra said of Dalrymple. “But she missed on one pitch and gave up a grand slam in the second. It’s a learning experience for us, that’s a good team.”
The Bearcats get spring break off before returning to league play on April 12.