La Plata softball clips St. Charles
Krahling strikes out 11 in return for Warriors
Wednesday’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division softball contest versus St. Charles was the first game back on the rubber for La Plata’s Ava Krahling as she was recovering from a back injury.
The sophomore pitcher looked as if she never left, going the distance while striking out 11 with no walks in leading the defending Class 2A state champion Warriors to a 3-1 win over the Spartans at White Plains Regional Park.
Krahling allowed just one run, that coming in the fourth, on just six hits.
“This was my first day back since my back injury, so I was nervous coming in,” Krahling said. “After the first inning I felt some relief and I like my defense was behind me. I just wanted to throw strikes and keep their hitters off balance. We just wanted to focus on working the corners and put some movement on the pitches. If we keep working hard, I think we can make another deep run. We have a young team, but I like our chances.”
La Plata (4-6, 4-2 SMAC Potomac) delivered some early offense in the bottom of the first inning.
Sophomore Hannah Kraft reached first on an error by the third baseman and advanced to second on a passed ball. Freshman Sierra Sanderson, who finished 3 for 3 at the plate to lead La Plata, then collected a bunt single.
With runners on second and third and still no outs, Sidney Bales crushed a two-run double to right field, bringing
Kraft and Sanderson to home plate to give La Plata the 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Alexis Clark of St. Charles hit a leadoff triple to right. With one out, Kassandra Clark hit an RBI single, putting the Spartans on the board for what would be their only run of the game.
Taylor Phillips then singled on the next-at bat and Tyler Bannerman reached first on a fielder’s choice, but Clark was was thrown out trying to advance to third.
Krahling then struck out Carmen Marshall to end the inning.
La Plata extended its lead back to two runs in the fifth. Sanderson singled with one out, then, two batters later, J.C. Chamberlain drove her in on an RBI single to cap off the game’s scoring.
“St. Charles is one of the top teams in our division and have a very good ballclub,” La Plata head coach Dave Krahling said. “For us to come out and win it I think it built up Ava’s confidence a lot more with Kelsey [Hanks] behind the plate. She was hesitant to come back and I told my pitching coach she felt good and we went with her. It’s been a up and down season for us we just have to stay healthy and prepare for the [2A South Region] playoffs.”
St. Charles (4-6, 3-2), which left six runners in scoring position, got two hits each from Janae Lyles and Kassandra Clark, who was also the team’s starting pitcher on the day. Clark struck out six while allowing three runs on six hits with four walks.
“We have to start making hits when we need them,” St. Charles head coach Chip Saluter said. “We are very inconsistent on our hitting right now. The girls have to learn to relax when they get in that box. We made some great defensive plays, but it is hard to win with just one run.”
La Plata is scheduled to host North Point at 4:30 p.m. Friday. St. Charles is off until Monday when it is scheduled to host Lackey at 4:30 p.m.
La Plata sophomore Ava Krahling tossed a complete-game six-hitter while striking out 11 in her returns from a back injury, resulting in a 3-1 victory over the St. Charles Spartans at White Plains Regional Park on Wednesday. Krahling did not walk any batters.