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Wiley third base Lexi Shotton picks up a hot hit and sends it to first base for a put out during action at Faith Christian Academy.
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Wiley Panthers Softball Defeats Faith Christian, 11-5

By Betsy Barnett

September 7, 2022

The Wiley Lady Panthers softball hit the road for a non-league game against Faith Christian on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The Lady Panthers defeated the Eagles, 11-5, to extend their unbeaten record to 7-0 on the season.

Wiley will next be in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 when the Lady Panthers host a Tri-Peaks League contest against the #10 La Junta Tigers.

Despite an early 3-run inning for Faith Christian, the Wiley group secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fourth inning. Wiley put the pressure on, led by an error on a ball put in play by Lexi Shotton and Melanie Salcedo, doubles by Kara Wilson and Rachel Kopasz, and a walk by Dixie Bitner.

The Panthers opened up scoring in the game in the second inning, when Jocelyn Salgado drew a walk as Zoie Martinez scored on a passed ball after getting on base with a walk of her own.

In the fourth inning the six-run production started with a two-out rally. Salgado walked and Bethany Summers also walked putting two aboard. Shotton then pounded out a line drive too hot for the second baseman. Salgado scored on the error and Summers ended up on third.

With Shotton at second and Summers at third base, Dixie Bitner pulled a walk to juice the base paths. Mel Salcedo then hit a line drive to second base forcing a second error and allowing Summers and Shotton to score.

With two aboard, Kara Wilson pounded out a double to center field scoring Bitner and Salcedo while Wilson was standing on third base. Rachel Kopasz then doubled to left field scoring Wilson.

Faith Christian grabbed three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when an error caused the Panthers a few problems. But they settled in after that inning and didn’t allow any more damage.

Wiley had 8 hits in the 7-inning contest with Kopasz going 2-for-4 and an RBI.

Bitner had one hit and walked twice scoring three runs. Salgado walked twice and scored two runs.

Hits came from Wertz, Martinez, Kopasz, Wilson, Salcedo, Bitner and Summers with Kopasz and Wilson pounding out a double apiece and Bitner’s hit was a triple.

Summers had a stolen base and Salcedo added one theft.

An error of concern was the 7 errors the Panthers committed

Summers was in the circle for the Panthers and went the distance throwing 7 innings and giving up 4 hits and no earned runs. The junior right-hander walked just one batter and struck out 6. Summers is now 6-0 on the season.

The Panthers will travel to a very tough date with La Junta on Wednesday, September 7 and then host Mitchell on Saturday, September 10th.

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