Woodward shines as Trojans’ roll
MOUNT UNION — Mount Union’s Karrigan Woodward nearly accomplished two of the sports’ toughest feats in the same game on Thursday afternoon.
Woodward finished a triple away from the cycle with four RBIs while also throwing 4.2 no-hit innings in a 12-0 mercy-rule victory over Moshannon Valley in an Inter-County Conference contest at Mount Union High School.
The lone single for the Damsels (1-11) came off the bat of Sydney Bubb on a slow single to first to end the no-hit bid. Woodward was dominant all afternoon, throwing five innings, yielding one hit, while striking out seven and walking one.
Woodward said she felt comfortable throughout the evening inside the circle as she mixed her pitches with ease and sent hitters back to the dugout shaking their heads all night.
“We just had a few errors here and there, but that’s something to improve on,” Woodward said. “It’s just some little things.”
Trojans’ assistant coach Kassandra Wilson said that Woodward’s ability to mix-in her off-speed pitches has elevated her game in the past two weeks.
“We’ve been working on a new pitch and she has been really getting ahold of that and starting to throw it really well,” Wilson said. “Having some more off-speed has really helped her to throw them off a little bit and she’s pitching really well.”
Mount Union assistant coach Frank Woodward said that Karrigan’s ability to find the mitt and mix in her pitches allowed her to be at her best on Thursday.
“It was good pitching,” Frank Woodward said. “She hit her spots and she had a couple different pitches working for her.”
At the plate Woodward led Mount Union with three hits including a two-run bomb to left field, an RBI double in the third inning and an RBI single in the fourth.
“She kept throwing me inside, so I just had to adjust my hips and take it that way,” Woodward said. “I was hitting the middle of the ball.”
Mount Union scored two runs in the first inning, one coming on an RBI groundout by Kaitlin Arnold and the second coming on an RBI single to left field by Kayshawna Spriggs.
The Mount Union (11-1) offense exploded in the second inning, using a two-run double by Kadyn Cresswell, Woodward’s home run, a passed ball, and an RBI groundout by Spriggs to push the advantage to 8-0.
An RBI double by Woodward in the third made it 9-0 before she came around to score on a throwing error. Mount Union added two more runs in the fourth to finish the offensive onslaught.
“We preach hitting every day,” Frank Woodward said. “If we go against someone that is throwing really fast, we get them to cut their swings down. It was a great day at the plate.”
Mount Union pushed across 12 runs on its 13 hits, including 3-for-3 days from Kadyn Crisswell and Karrigan Woodward. Morgan Brumbaugh hit three of the hardest hit balls of the day, but tough luck left her 1-for-4 with line outs to third, shortstop and center field.
It’s good that everyone has been hitting,” Wilson said. “Everyone was making solid contact and hitting well. Our upperclassmen are powerhouse hitters.”
With the victory the Trojans find themselves still in the No. 2 spot in the District 6 Class 2A power rankings with the playoffs approaching. Mount Union has five games remaining on its regular season schedule as it travels to Tyrone today.
Mount Union will then host rival Huntingdon on Monday afternoon as it finishes its final stretch of games before the District 6 tournament.
“We have played together for a while for a long time,” Karrigan Woodward said. “We’ve learned how to play as a team and that really helps a lot. We feel pretty good and were confident this year. We hope that we will do good and be able to go far.”
Mount Union 12, Moshannon Valley 0 (5 innings)
MU 262 2X — 12 13 3
MO 000 00 — 0 1 5
WP: Karrigan Woodward. LP: Gabriella Moore. SO: Woodward 7 (MU); Moore 1 (MO). BB: Woodward 1 (MU); Moore 1 (MO). HR: Woodward (MU). 3B: Kadyn Crisswell (MU). 2B: Kadyn Crisswell 2, Morgan Brumbaugh, Woodward (MU). MH: Woodward 3-3, Kadyn Crisswell 3-3 (MU). RBI: Woodward 4, Kadyn Crisswell 3, Kayshawna Spriggs 2, Kaitlin Arnold 1 (MU).