Lady Wildcats get first win of the season

WALNUT– Last Monday, the Lady Wildcats (1-5) fast-pitch softball team captured their first win of the season. Facing an early 2-0 deficit, the Lady Wildcats came back to defeat the West Union Lady Eagles 4-3. Olivia Robinson (1-2) struck out eight and went the distance for the win. After allowing one run in the second and third innings, Robinson settled down to hold the Lady Eagles to one final run in their final at-bat. amp”It feels great to get our first win and I’m so excited,amp” said Robinson. amp”I can’t explain it.amp” The Lady Wildcats tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Robinson helped her own cause with a RBI single for a 3-2 lead. Becky Robinson’s double in the fifth inning added an insurance run. Interesting innings Things got testy in the third inning as a routine play began a chain of events that led to West Union Coach Lisa Bogue being ejected for arguing with an umpire. On a pop fly to deep short, the Lady Wildcats second baseman routinely covered second, but what followed was anything but routine. As the West Union player came into second base, she shoved the Lady Wildcat second baseman off the bag. In turn the second baseman shoved her back. The umpire gave a warning, but Bogue felt like Walnut’s second baseman should have been ejected. Bogue argued the call to no avail. The next inning she restarted her argument and received her first career ejection. amp”I got tossed because I asked the umpire to do his job,amp” said Bogue. amp”Those were my exact words, ‘do your job.’ That’s all I ask, just do your job, and he said, ‘I’ve had enough. Go.’ amp”Walnut girls pushed our players and they got off with a warning. I felt like they needed more than a warning for shoving my players off the bag. He said that all they would get is a warning, and I was pretty upset about that. I told them I didn’t agree with it and I asked him to do his job. amp”This is my first time to get tossed and I’ve been coaching for almost 10 years. I have never been close to being tossed. I said nothing demeaning or degrading. I just told him to do his job.amp” After the game, Walnut Coach Kelly Hopper said it was an unfortunate incident that was not a clear representation of how she wants her players to act on the field. amp”We try to be a positive team, an encouraging team,amp” said Hopper. amp”The craziness that happened out there, that is not who we are and that is not what we want to be known for. We have apologized for that, and I think we all kind of lost our minds out there for a little bit. amp”Regardless of what happened, she never should have shoved her back and we know that. I think that sometimes we react instead of think. We’ll definitely learn from that.amp”

Kedrick Storey