Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOFTBALL - SOUTH CHARLESTON 2, HUNTINGTON 1 ; McDonald Dominates in SC Win

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOFTBALL - SOUTH CHARLESTON 2, HUNTINGTON 1 ; McDonald Dominates in SC Win

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It looks like Amanda McDonald might finally have established herself as the top pitcher in the Kanawha Valley. The South Charleston senior ranked among area leaders in strikeouts in each of her first two seasons as the Black Eagles' ace, but always was in a line behind other power pitchers like former Buffalo pitchers Ali Burdette and Chelsey Parkins, Hurricane's Courtney Rogers and Herbert Hoover's Allison Rager, and others such as crafty former Hurricane standout Emily Davis.

In a 2-1 home win against Huntington on Thursday night, however, it was McDonald's time to rise to the top and she did not disappoint. The right-hander struck out 11, gave up just three hits and retired 16 of 17 batters during the middle innings before SC (18- 1) took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore center fielder and Florida State commitment Kiersten Landers scored on an error.

"I was hitting the corner really well and the umpire was calling corners, which is always nice, McDonald said of her performance.

Huntington's lone run came in the top of the first when Camryn Michallas doubled to right-center field and drove in Emily McLellan, who had reached on a fielder's choice one batter earlier. From the next batter until the final out, McDonald allowed just two baserunners and did not issue a walk.

"In the beginning I missed a pitch and left it right out in the middle of the plate and the girl did a good job, she took it to right field, McDonald said.

SC tied things up in the bottom of the first, when junior Kelly Bare hit a fly ball to left field that was dropped by Huntington's Lauren Vega. Bare managed to reach third on the error, then scored when Olivia Orcutt-Lazo grounded out to shortstop one batter later.

McDonald's dominance was equaled in importance by SC's aggressive approach to baserunning against the Highlanders (14-6). …

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