Sometimes the team that gets the better pitching and hitting fails to win. That was the case Thursday evening, as Elizabeth Forward fell to West Mifflin 4-1 in the third section game of the season for each squad.
Three errors and eight stranded base-runners doomed the Warriors, who got a fantastic effort from starting pitcher Portia McBride.
McBride, who was a backup hurler to start the season but has pitched every inning this season due to injuries, struck out a career-high 15 West Mifflin batters. Her defense did her no favors though, has they would commit those three errors, with one costing the Warriors a run.
After 3 scoreless innings, EF would strike first on an RBI base hit by Megan Sorton off Titans pitcher Paige Flore that would score Kelsey Havel in the bottom of the 4th.
However that would be the last run that the Warriors would bring across the plate.
West Mifflin would tie the game in the top of the 5th and then score three runs in the top of the 7th, with Paige Flore, Marla Small and Sydnei Zalice driving in three runs for the Titans. Despite the loss,
McBride was fantastic, as 10 of the first 14 batters she faced would go down on strikes. Havel was 1 for 2 with a walk, hit and run scored for EF, who is now 7-2 on the year and 2-1 in AAA Section 3.
The seven wins accumulated early in the year matches the team total from ALL of last season. They will travel to Thomas Jefferson on Friday to take on a Jaguars team fighting for early playoff positioning as well.
West Mifflin is now 5-3, 2-1 this season.