Lady Falcons soar past Federal Hocking, 14-5

By Alex Hawley -

STEWART, Ohio — Perhaps all they needed was a little rain to get the bats going.

The Wahama softball team was locked in a scoreless tie for two innings with Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking, on Thursday night in Athens County. The Lady Falcons broke the game open with an eight-run third inning — which featured an hour-long weather delay — and the Red and White rolled to a 14-5 win.

WHS (12-7, 9-5 TVC Hocking) — which was held hitless in the first two frames — began the bottom of the third with six straight hits, with Baylee Hoffman, Rachel Roque, Emily VanMatre, Taylor Warden, Morgan Harrison and Cynthia Hendrick each scoring.

With two outs in the top of the third, Roque and Amara Helton both scored to make the Lady Falcon lead 8-0.

The Lady Lancers (6-13, 4-11) took advantage of a WHS error in the bottom of the third, scoring their first run of the game. However, Harrison and Hendrick both scored in the top of fourth frame, extending Wahama’s lead to 10-1.

In the top of the fifth inning, Wahama strung together five hits over the span of six at-bats, plating four runs to make the guests’ advantage 14-1.

Federal Hocking scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it was too little, too late and Wahama claimed the 14-5 win.

Hendrick — who tossed a complete game and struck out nine batters — was the winning pitcher of record for the Red and White, allowing five runs on three hits and four free passes. Chelsea Washburn suffered the pitching loss, surrendering 14 runs on 16 hits and three walks, in a complete game effort for the Lady Lancers.

VanMatre led the WHS offense with three hits and two runs scored, followed by Morgan Harrison, who was 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored. Hendrick and Roque were both 2-for-4 with a double, scoring three runs and two runs respectively.

Warden singled twice and scored twice for the Red and White, Hoffman singled twice and scored once, while Taylor McGrew had two hits, including a double. Helton rounded out Wahama’s offense with one hit and one run scored.

Washburn and Skylar Hatfield both singled once and scored once to lead Federal Hocking at the plate. Tish Glass singled once for the Maroon and Gold, Jordan Gillian walked twice and scored twice, while Michelle Tritipo scored one run in the setback.

For the game, Wahama had two errors, while Federal Hocking committed four.

WHS also defeated the Lady Lancers on April 11, by a 10-0 count in Hartford.

The Lady Falcons return to the diamond on Saturday, when Ravenswood visits Mason County for a double-header.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley