The Miami Trace varsity softball team began the 2016 season on a beautiful Saturday, March 26, hosting a doubleheader against the Zane Trace Pioneers.
Miami Trace won the first game, 14-0 in five innings.
Zane Trace rallied to split the twin bill, 18-15.
In the first game, freshman Maddie Mossbarger made her first career start and got her first career victory.
She went five innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. She did not walk a batter.
Miami Trace had 11 hits in the game, with two from Olivia Wolffe and two from Brooke Henry.
Miami Trace got the scoring underway in the second inning, plating two runs.
Taylor Barrett led off the inning with a double and with one out, she scored on a single by Henry.
Henry later scored on a single by Cassidy Lovett.
In the third inning, the Lady Panthers tacked on five more runs.
Wolffe led off with a single, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Alexis Schwartz.
Barrett walked and Ashley Campbell singled, loading the bases.
Henry walked, scoring Schwartz and a wild pitch allowed Barrett to score.
Jessica Camp walked and Campbell soon scored on a wild pitch.
Lovett walked to load the bases again.
A wild pitch scored Harmonee Napier, who was running for Henry.
Megan Self drove in Napier and Camp to make it 7-0, Miami Trace.
In the fourth inning, Miami Trace sent 11 batters to the plate. They collected five hits and three walks, scoring seven runs. Lovett hit a double in this inning, driving in two.
“We played well in the first game,” Miami Trace head coach Terry Smith said. “We played well in our scrimmages, in which we went 2-1. We probably should have won all three.
“Maddie pitched great,” Smith said. “She did not walk a batter. We played good defense behind her. We did have three errors, but they all came in separate innings.”
Offensively for Miami Trace: Whitney Cockerill, 1-3, 1 run, 1 bb; Megan Self, 1-3, 2 rbi; Olivia Wolffe, 2-3, 1 run, 1 bb; Alexis Schwartz, 0-4, 1 run; Taylor Barrett, 1-1, 3 runs, 2 bb, 1 2b; Ashley Campbell, 1-2, 2 runs, 1 bb; Brooke Henry, 2-2, 2 runs, 3 rbi, 1 bb; Harmonee Napier, 1 run; Jessica Camp, 1-1, 2 runs, 2 bb; Cassidy Lovett, 2-2, 1 run, 4 rbi, 1 bb, 1 2b; Sara Rowland, 0-0; Emylee Grooms, 0-0.
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In the second game Saturday, Miami Trace trailed 4-0 after the first inning.
The Lady Panthers scored six runs in the second, after which Zane Trace scored three in the third.
Miami Trace put nine on the board in the third to take what at the time must have seemed like a good lead, 15-7.
However, Miami Trace was shutout from that point forward and Zane Trace scored one in the fourth, three in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh to rally from behind for an 18-15 victory.
Miami Trace came to bat in the second inning trailing 4-0.
Brooke Henry led off the inning with her first varsity home run (clearing the left-center field fence) followed by a walk to Harmonee Napier.
After two outs were recorded, Emylee Grooms reached on an error.
Taylor Barrett singled, scoring Napier.
Megan Self smacked a double, scoring Grooms and Barrett.
Olivia Wolffe and Alexis Schwartz both walked to load the bases.
Self scored on a wild pitch and Wolffe later scored on a wild pitch to give Miami Trace a 6-4 lead.
After Zane Trace scored three runs in the top of the third, Miami Trace sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, scoring nine runs.
Miami Trace had four hits in the inning and Zane Trace walked seven batters.
“We were feeling pretty good about things at that point,” Miami Trace head coach Terry Smith said.
However, Miami Trace would be shutout the rest of the way, while the Pioneers scored 11 runs in the last four innings to take the victory, 18-15.
Lexee Kersey started and pitched the first three innings for Miami Trace. She allowed seven runs (two earned) on five hits. She walked two and struck out three.
Olivia Wolffe pitched the next 2.2 innings, with eight runs (three earned) on seven hits. She walked four and struck out two.
Maddie Mossbarger pitched the final 1.1 innings, taking the loss. She allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with no walks and one strikeout.
“It was frustrating,” Smith said. “We were up, 15-7. Everything was going well. For whatever reason, the bats just died the last four innings.
“To their credit, they just kept chipping away,” Smith said. “A lot of teams would have given up for the day. To their credit, they battled and came back and beat us in the second game.
“We’d like to have started the season 2-0, but we didn’t,” Smith said. “We did get to play everybody. Everybody showed they can contribute, one way or another. We’re happy with that.”
Miami Trace is back in action Tuesday at home at 5 p.m. taking on Fairfield Union.
The Falcons made it all the way to the Regional finals last year and have many of their players returning, Smith noted.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Taylor Barrett, 1-4, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 2 bb; Megan Self, 1-3, 2 runs, 3 rbi, 1 bb, 1 2b; Whitney Cockerill, 0-1; Olivia Wolffe, 2-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 2 bb; Alexis Schwartz, 2-3, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 bb; Maddie Mossbarger, 0-1; Brooke Henry, 2-4, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 1 bb, 1 home run; Harmonee Napier, 0-2, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 3 bb; Tabby Landrum, 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 1 bb; Sara Rowland, 0-2, 2 bb; Ashley Campbell, 0-1; Emylee Grooms, 0-1, 2 runs, 2 bb; Cassidy Lovett, 1-2.
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Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1