After a tough loss to undefeated Clinton-Massie on Monday, the Miami Trace softball team hosted another talented team in the Unioto Shermans Tuesday.
On another cool, mostly cloudy day, Miami Trace built a 10-4 lead and held on for a 10-7 victory.
Unioto is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Sectional tournament. They sported a record of 14-3 at the time of the drawing.
Miami Trace quickly cranked up its offense after Unioto took an early 1-0 lead.
With one out, Ashley Campbell walked. Megan Self had a sacrifice bunt and Alexis Schwartz walked.
Taylor Barrett singled, scoring Campbell and Schwartz.
Brooke Henry hit a double to the fence in left-center, scoring Barrett for an early 3-1 lead.
In the second inning, again with one out, Cassidy Lovett hit a triple to right and Harmonee Napier drove her in with a single.
Campbell singled to left and Self walked to load the bases.
Schwartz was hit by a pitch that scored Napier.
With two away, Henry singled, scoring Campbell and Self.
After a scoreless third inning, Miami Trace tacked on a run in the fourth.
With two outs, Barrett hit a home run over the left field fence. It was her second home run of the year.
Unioto put two on the board in the top of the fifth.
Miami Trace got those two runs back in their half of the fifth.
Jessica Camp led off the inning with a double. Krissy Ison was sent in to pinch run.
Tori Riley put down a sacrifice bunt, moving Ison to third.
Lovett followed with her second triple of the game, scoring Ison.
Napier grounded out, scoring Lovett.
With Miami Trace leading 10-3, Unioto rallied, scoring four in the sixth.
Miami Trace did not score in the sixth.
In the seventh, Unioto got one runner on base before the side was retired with no runs scoring.
Olivia Wolffe got the win for Miami Trace. She pitched seven innings with 11 hits and seven runs (five earned). She walked two and struck out five.
Blevins took the loss for Unioto, with 10 runs on 10 hits. All 10 runs were earned. She walked three and struck out five.
“Olivia came on in relief of Maddie Mossbarger Monday night,” Miami Trace head coach Terry Smith said. “It’s one of the few times this year that one of our girls has pitched on back-to-back days. We’ve been alternating our pitchers. I think she labored a little bit in the fifth and they got to her for four runs in the sixth.
“She said she was good, so, she came out in the seventh,” Smith said. “After a lead-off base hit, she got the next three batters out to finish the game. It was a nice win for her.
“Hitting-wise, throughout the line-up, we had a lot of people contributing,” Smith said. “Barrett’s home run was a big smash to left field. She drove in three.
“Brooke (Henry) had two hits, including a double and drove in three,” Smith said. “This is how it’s been. I’ve put different people in the lead-off spot. The rest of the line-up has been pretty much the same. We’ve had a lot of girls have big years. Cassidy started off the season hitting real well. She kind of struggled there for a time, but, she seems now she’s getting her bat back. She had two triples tonight, which is kind of a rarity. She produced tonight. She has great speed.
“It’s a big win over a quality opponent,” Smith said. “They’re going for a league championship tomorrow night (Wednesday). I told our girls, it’s a very nice win.”
Miami Trace is now 13-9 overall, 9-4 in the SCOL. The Lady Panthers are at Mitchell Park in Greenfield, Daryle Unger Field, to take on McClain Thursday.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Harmonee Napier, 1-4, 1 run, 2 rbi; Ashley Campbell, 1-3, 2 runs, 1 bb; Megan Self, 1-2, 1 run, 1 bb, 1 sac. bunt; Alexis Schwartz, 0-2, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 bb, hbp; Taylor Barrett, 2-4, 2 runs, 3 rbi, 1 home run (No. 2); Brooke Henry, 2-3, 3 rbi, 1 2b; Whitney Cockerill, 0-1; Jessica Camp, 1-4, 1 2b; Krissy Ison, courtesy runner, 1 run; Tori Riley, 0-2, 1 sac. bunt; Cassidy Lovett, 2-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 2 3b.
Leading hitters for Unioto: Jones, 3; Campbell, 2; Blevins, 2; Pierce, 2.
U 100 024 0 — 7 11 2
MT 340 120 x — 10 10 3
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1ch