As the weather improves with each passing day, the Washington Lady Blue Lions hosted county and SCOL rivals Miami Trace for the first of their annual two softball games Wednesday.
Miami Trace won this game, 14-0 in six innings.
Olivia Wolffe got the win in the circle for Miami Trace. She pitched six innings, scattering seven hits. She walked two and struck out two.
For the Lady Lions, Ciera Strahler started and suffered the loss.
She pitched two innings with five hits and three runs (two earned). She did not walk a batter and struck out two.
Kate Jude pitched the next four innings, with 10 hits and 11 runs (seven earned), one walk and five strikeouts.
“Olivia pitched a great game,” Miami Trace head coach Terry Smith said. “The girls played great defense behind her. We nearly turned three double plays.”
Miami Trace played error-free ball Wednesday.
“Our girls have been hitting the ball well,” Smith said. “This makes back-to-back shutouts in the league for us. We shut McClain out last Wednesday (9-0).”
This was Miami Trace’s first game since they hosted McClain on April 6.
Miami Trace had three home runs in the game, led by freshman Jessica Camp who hit two three-run home runs. She had a total of seven rbi in the game.
Taylor Barrett went 4 for 4 with two doubles. She scored twice.
Alexis Schwartz went 3 for 3 for Miami Trace, with a home run, her first of the season, three runs scored and three rbi.
Ashley Campbell went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and one rbi.
Smith lauded the efforts of his team at the plate.
“We hit some hard shots tonight,” Smith said. “That’s what we worked on last night, hitting. Trying to quicken our hands and get the ball to jump off our bats.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Smith said. “The girls have done everything we’ve asked them to do.”
For the Lady Lions, Caylee Mussetter went 2 for 3 and Jude was 2 for 3.
Miami Trace scored in every inning save the fourth.
In the top of the first, Whitney Cockerill came in to run for Wolffe, who had reached on an error.
Schwartz singled, moving Cockerill to third. Barrett singled, scoring Cockerill.
In the second, Campbell and Harmonee Napier had back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners.
Camp hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Campbell.
Cassidy Lovett then hit a double that scored Napier.
In the top of the third, Schwartz led off the inning with her first home run of the season.
After a scoreless fourth, Miami Trace would have back-to-back five-run innings in the fifth and sixth.
In the fifth, Schwartz led of with a walk and Barrett followed with a double.
Brooke Henry grounded out, scoring Schwartz.
Campbell then smacked a double that scored Barrett.
Napier reached on an error and Camp hit her aforementioned first home run of her career, scoring Campbell and Napier ahead of her.
Then, in the sixth, Schwartz had a one-out single and Barrett hit another double, putting runners at second and third.
Henry reached on an error that scored Schwartz.
Tabby Landrum came in to run for Henry.
Campbell singled, scoring Barrett.
Camp then hit her second three-run home run of the game, scoring Landrum and Campbell.
After the Lady Lions were retired in the sixth, the game ended by virtue of the 10-run rule.
“Hat’s off to their pitcher,” Washington head coach Randy Elzey said. “She pitched a good game. On the other hand, we’re not hitting the ball. That’s been the story for us all year. We’re not making hard contact. And, if we do, we’re not putting multiple hits together. That’s something we’ve got to keep working on. Until we start hitting the ball, we’re still going to struggle.”
Miami Trace is now 6-3 overall, 4-1 in the SCOL.
The Lady Panthers are off Thursday and play at Chillicothe for another league game Friday.
The Lady Lions are 2-4 overall, 1-4 in the SCOL with a game at Hillsboro Thursday and then they return home to host Clinton-Massie Friday. Massie beat East Clinton Wednesday, 11-2 to improve to 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the SCOL.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Cassidy Lovett, 1-3, 1 rbi, 1 2b; Whitney Cockerill, 0-1, 1 run; Megan Self, 1-4; Olivia Wolffe, 0-4; Alexis Schwartz, 3-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 1 home run, 1 2b; Taylor Barrett, 4-4, 2 runs, 2 2b; Brooke Henry, 0-4, 1 rbi; Tabby Landrum, 0-0, 1 run; Ashley Campbell, 3-4, 3 runs, 1 rbi, 1 2b; Harmonee Napier, 1-4, 2 runs; Jessica Camp, 2-3, 2 runs, 7 rbi, 2 home runs. LOB: 5.
Offensively for Washington: Maddy Jenkins, 0-2, 1 bb; Caylee Mussetter, 2-3; Ciera Strahler, 1-3; Wendy Hawk, 1-3; Kate Jude, 2-3; Brooklyn Wilson, 0-3; Kalee Crowe, 0-3; Taylor Harrington, 1-2; Megan Tucker, 0-3; Annie Semler, courtesy runner. LOB: 9
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