Aberdeen’s girls were under the gun Tuesday before even squeezing off their first shots.
Capital batted around in each of the odd-numbered innings in polishing off the Bobcats, 13-1, in a five-inning Evergreen 2A Conference softball game at the Bishop Athletic Complex.
Winning pitcher Britni Wilson aided her own cause with a two-run homer as the Cougars (7-5 in league) completed a season sweep of Aberdeen.
Although essentially locked into the league’s fifth and final postseason slot, the Bobcats (5-10, 5-12) had the potential to improve their district seeding with a win yesterday and some upsets in the final week of the regular seasom.
Capital quickly made it clear that the initial part of the equation would not materialize. Following a one-out walk to Gwen Morton in the first inning, Wilson sent a blast far over the center-field fence to give the Cougs a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars added two more runs in the frame as AHS starting pitcher Erin Kuhn had difficulty finding her control. She issued four walks in the inning, with most of her misses coming on pitches in the dirt.
Matters did not improve for Aberdeen thereafter. The Bobcats mustered only two hits, committed five errors and gave up nine walks.
“I just think Capital’s got our number,” AHS coach Jeff Timmons summarized. “That was the worst game we’ve played all year.”
The Cats trailed 8-0 before tallying their lone run of the contest. Shannon Chesterman’s third-inning single scored Katy Hammonds, who walked and stole second.
The Cougars, however, settled matters with five unearned runs off freshman reliever Kyra Gallinger in the fifth inning. Aberdeen was guilty of three errors in that inning.
Gallinger, who allowed only three hits — two of the infield variety — in 2 2/3 innings, was the only Bobcat to draw Coach Timmons’ post-game praise.
“Kyra came in and did a great job. She threw ground balls,” Timmons said. “We’ve got to make the easy plays behind her.”
Wilson, an extremely hard thrower, struck out four in her four-inning stint in the circle. She also fielded her position well, handling five comebackers flawlessly.
Left-hander Maddy Lincoln mopped up with a perfect fifth.
Jillian Swor had the other Aberdeen hit.
The Bobcats travel to Black Hills on Thursday.
Capital 404 05 — 13 10 0
Aberdeen 001 00 — 1 2 5
Wilson, Lincoln (5) and Wolford; Kuhn, Timmons (3) and Timmons.
RBI: Capital — Morton 3, Wilson 2, Schieferstein, Mastin, Kerr, Maiva. Aberdeen — Chesterman. Two hits: Capital — Schieferstein, Wilson, Morton. Home runs: Capital — Wilson.
Winning pitcher — Wilson (walked two; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Kuhn (walked five; struck out three).