By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, APRIL 12 — The Central bats were silenced by Page County sophomore Bailee Gaskins on Tuesday, as the Panthers belted nine hits and picked up a key Bull Run District win, 8-0, over the visiting Falcons.
Gaskins retired 13 consecutive batters before giving up her first hit in the fifth inning. She would finish the day recording a two-hit shutout, along with 10 strikeouts and no walks given up. At the plate, the sophomore went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and one RBI.
Only two Central batters reached first base during the game, while the Falcons committed four errors in the field. The Panthers were lead at the plate by freshman Karleigh Austin who went a perfect 2-for-2 on the day, with two bunt singles and a walk. Junior Jocelyne Rinker went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.
Both teams stranded eight runners on base during the game. Page left the bases full in the first before picking up two unearned runs in the third. In the fifth, the Panthers racked up four runs — two off a Rinker double, one off a Gaskins double, and one following a sacrifice bunt by senior Kadence Rhinehart. In the sixth, Page tacked on two more runs off a lead-off solo home run by senior Emily McCoy and a fielder’s choice hit by Gaskins.
The loss broke a five-game winning streak for the Falcons as they fall to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Bull Run District. Next up, Central will host Strasburg next Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
With the victory, Page County has now won five of its last six games and improves to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Bull Run. Next up, the Panthers travel to Strasburg this Thursday, April 14 for a 6 p.m. start.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.