HARTFORD — There was a full house in Hartford Thursday evening as the Lady Falcons hosted a doubleheader against the ladies of Hannan and Buffalo.
Wahama’s first match proved victorious with the Lady ’Cats falling to the Lady Falcons 11-0 in a five-inning contest.
Wahama’s scoring rampage started in the first inning in which they knocked in two Lady Falcons to set the score at 2-0.
The second inning followed with another run, making their running total 3-0.
Wahama then racked up five runs in the third inning, followed by another three in the fourth to secure their lead and the victory for the contest.
There were many standouts for Wahama during the game including Kaula Young, Kylie Riggs, Taylor Hysell, Alex Wood, Chelsea Fowler, and Lindsey Deem who all had singles. Junior Deidra Peters also made a standout performance with two hits and a triple during the contest. Wood also finished the contest with no hits, four strikeouts and an obvious no runs while pitching. Sophomore Molly Larck also was successful at pitching with no hits and two strikeouts.
The Lady Falcons’ next match would prove to be a closer competition.
In their match against Buffalo, Wahama came close to taking victory but fell short six runs to seven.
It was a tied game after the first inning in which Wahama and Buffalo both had a pair of runs, starting out the game with a 2-2 score.
Buffalo then took a strong lead in the second with a four run tyraid that left Wahama behind 6-2.
The third inning ended with single runs for both squads, maintaining Buffalo’s lead but with a new score of 7-3.
The fourth inning was scoreless for both teams leading up to Wahama’s close comeback in the fifth.
In that inning Wahama put three runs on the board, bringing them just a single run behind their Buffalo opponents; however, the Lady Falcons were unable to advance further to secure a tie or the lead.
The final two innings were again without runs from either team, setting the final score at 7-6, Buffalo.
While the Lady Falcons fell to Buffalo, there were many standout players during the contest.
Alex Wood produced a double and two RBIs during the game; freshman Mariah VanMatre had two hits herself with one going out of the park for a homerun and two RBIs; senior Raelynn Grimm also had two hits during the game with an RBI.
The Lady Falcons face Hannan and Buffalo again Friday starting at 4:45. The winner of the Hannan-Wahama match will go on to play against Buffalo starting at 6:15.
Wahama 11, Hannan 0
Hannan 000 00 — 0
Wahama 215 3X — 11
WP — Wood; LP — Edmonds.
Buffalo 7, Wahama 6
Buffalo 241 000 0 — 7 6 3
Wahama 201 030 0 — 6 10 3
WP — Mayes; LP — VanMatre.
Lady Eagles blast Miller
HEMLOCK — Eastern softball came one step closer to clinching a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division title Thursday night after roughing up host Miller by a 13-1 count in Perry County.
The Lady Eagles (12-3, 8-0 TVC Hocking) are now one win away from clinching a share of their first TVC Hocking crown since 2004. EHS has two makeup games remaining, one at Waterford and one at home against Trimble. THS, with only one loss in league, is the only team that can catch Eastern.
After a scoreless first, the Lady Eagles erupted for seven runs after sending a dozen batters to the plate in the second. EHS tacked on two more runs in the third for a 9-0 cushion, but the Lady Falcons countered with a run in their half of the third for a 9-1 game after three full frames.
Then in the seventh, Eastern plated four more runs — three of which came on a Kasey Turley homer — to complete the scoring at 13-1.
Eastern had 10 hits in the triumph, with Allie Rawson leading the way with three hits. Turley and Haylee Gillian were next with two safeties apiece, followed by Brooke Johnson, Brenna Holter and Megan Carnahan with one each. Gillian led the guests with four RBIs.
Turley was the winning pitcher of record, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings for the complete-game decision. Turley also walked three and struck out a dozen. Hand took the loss for MHS.
Miller committed four errors in the setback, one more than the guests total of three.
Eastern 13, Miller 1
Eastern 072 000 4 — 13 10 3
Miller 001 000 0 — 1 3 4
WP — Turley; LP — Hand.
HR: E — Kasey Turley (seventh inning, two on, two out).