CORNING – Southwest Valley softball saw its season come to a close Monday at the hands of Stanton to open the Class 1A Region 3 first round.
The Timberwolves sat tied with Stanton at 6-6 entering the seventh inning, but the Viqueens posted two runs in the top half of the inning, which proved to be the difference.
Southwest Valley catapulted out to a 5-1 lead against a Stanton team the T’Wolves had already beaten this season, but the Viqueens rallied back with six runs runs in the top of the third to take the lead.
SWV responded with a run in the bottom of the third inning, which highlighted the scoring until Stanton posted the game’s final two runs in the seventh.
“Unfortunately, after the third inning we hit a wall and just started hitting at people again instead of getting the gaps,” said SWV head coach Tara Miller. “Defensively we played pretty well except for the third inning when we allowed them to get six runs on just two hits.”
Isabelle Inman was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI while Jordyn Figgins was 1-4 with two RBIs in the loss.
Hailey Thomas also had a multi-hit game for SWV with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
Kayley Myers allowed five hits in her seven innings in the circle while posting eight strikeouts before taking the losing decision.
With the season-ending loss, SWV caps the 2019 campaign with a 1-18 overall record.
The Timberwolves faced their share of adversity over the season, missing a core group of players in a main portion of their regular season.
“This season was a struggle. We had multiple games at different times that we had five girls gone. A lot of the underclassmen stepped up and had to play both games each night for us and did a great job. Isabelle Inman stepped up and did a great job pitching for us while Kayley Myers was gone,” said Miller. “Through the struggle I am very proud of how these girls kept the heads up through it.”