KFHS softball season ends

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, June 4, 2015

The King’s Fork High School softball team’s 2015 season came to an end on Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to host Hanover High School in the Region 4A South quarterfinals.

The game began on Monday and progressed into the third inning with the score 1-0 before being interrupted by lightning and rain. The teams reconvened on Tuesday to complete the contest.

“Their pitcher’s very good,” KF coach Richard Froemel said of the Lady Hawks’ girl in the circle. “Her wind-up, it was unorthodox, to say the least.”

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The Lady Bulldogs struggled to get hits on her, and they finished the game with only three, but two of them came from sophomore Mallory Moore. She had a swinging bunt and then a double just over first base into right field.

The other King’s Fork hit came from senior Shaina Holland, playing for the first time this season since being sidelined due to injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred before the season began.

In the top of the fourth, Holland singled to right center and moved a runner from first to third, but the Lady Bulldogs could not capitalize on the opportunity. In the seventh, Holland hit a pop fly to left field that was caught.

“I’d have loved to have her the whole year,” Froemel said.

Hanover benefited from two triples to get its runs.

A triple, which Froemel indicated probably should have been caught, and then a passed ball helped make it 1-0 in the second inning. Then in the fifth, a left-handed batter tripled to right field, and the next batter, another lefty, hit a pop fly to right field that was caught but allowed the runner on third to score.

The game marked the end of King’s Fork’s season and the end of the Sydney Wash era. Wash, a senior, has been a mainstay for the Lady Bulldogs in the circle for the past four years.

She was characteristically strong in her final high school game, throwing nine strikeouts, allowing no walks and five hits.

To start the game, “she struck out the first three batters in a row,” Froemel said.

Like King’s Fork, she ended up with a record of 14-8 this season.

The Lady Bulldogs were looking to build on the success they achieved last year, when they advanced as far as the regional semifinals.

But injuries kept them from achieving their full potential. In addition to Holland, sophomore Danielle Arzillo missed the entire season recovering from a blown anterior cruciate ligament, and senior Jasmine Holloman was limited due to multiple injuries, the last being a broken wrist.

However, some positive things did come out of the circumstances.

The injuries meant other players, some younger, had the opportunity to step up and develop. Mallory Moore and freshmen Madison Froemel and Rachel Vick had never started a varsity game before this year, and junior Susan Mounie had only limited time last year.

“Girls were put into a position to play, and they tried their very best,” coach Froemel said. “They didn’t disappoint.”