GHV softball plays strong against No. 5 North Union

GHV pitcher, Maddie Graham, throws to first for an out during the Cards 8-3 loss to North Union.

Rick Ermer photo


            Most of the week seems like close but no cigar for the Garner-Hayfield-Softball team.

            As of this writing, the girls have played four of five games this week and have won one.

            On June 25, the girls lost 6-9 to North Butler on the road.

            June 26, the Cardinals lost by three again, 5-8 against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in Clarion.

            Wednesday at home the girls played some of their best baseball all season against Class 1A’s fifth-ranked team North Union.

            Thursday, the team got its win against Buffalo Center on the road, winning 7-6.

            The win likely felt cathartic as Wednesday, much like the other two losses, must have left the team with the feeling that they let one get away.

            “We played our best softball through five innings and then we fell apart,” coach Kaitlyn Murphy said.

            The team came out with the lead in the third inning which included a 2 RBI single from Jillian Heitland and a sacrifice RBI from Nicole Upmeyer.

            Up 3-0, the team held on strong for two innings but things quickly changed.

Read the complete story in the July 4 Leader.