VINCENT - Kylee Lynch's single in the last of the sixth inning scored Hailey Murdock with the go-ahead run as the Warren Lady Warriors scored a 3-1 South Eastern Ohio Athletic League victory Monday over the visiting Logan Lady Chieftans.
Both teams scored second inning runs and then relied on outstanding pitching and excellent defense to keep the game locked in a 1-1 tie heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Logan dented the plate first in the top of the second when Olexia McBride singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sidney Rice, and scored when Alyssa Zanger reached base on a Warrior error.
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Warren’s Arrie Schetter (left) puts out Logan’s Nicole Beck at first base during a prep softball game Monday in Vincent.
That error would prove to be the lone error made by either team in the game.
Warren evened things up in its half of the second when third baseman Kaitlyn Coffman smacked a clutch two-out double that scored Kaylee Higgins.
Higgins started on the mound for the Lady Warriors and was outstanding in her four innings of work as she allowed just three hits while striking out four Chieftan hitters before being relieved by Arrie Schetter.
WARREN 3 LOGAN 1
Logan 010 000 0 1-6-0
Warren 010 002 3-4-1
LP: Faith Freeman: 6IP, 4H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K. Top Hitters: Freeman 2-3, 2B, Olexia McBride 2-3, R, Melanie Starlin 1-3, Graycie Huntsberger 1-3.
WP: Arrie Schetter: 3IP, 2H, 2K. Starting Pitcher: Kaylee Higgins: 4IP, 3H, R, 0ER, BB, 4K. Top Hitters: Hailey Murdock 1-2, R, Kylee Lynch 1-3, R, RBI, Higgins 1-3, R, Kaitlyn Coffman 1-2, 2RBI.
Next Game: Wednesday: Meigs at Warren.
Logan starter Faith Freeman was equally as impressive as she limited the Warriors to just one hit heading into the pivotal sixth inning.
The Lady Chieftans put together a threat in the top of the sixth when Freeman led off with a double but was left stranded on base thanks to some fine pitching by Schetter and a nice running catch by Coffman on a blooper down the left field line.
Murdock opened the last of the sixth with a solid single to right and promptly stole second.
After Warren shortstop Kendra Lynch popped out to third base for the first out of the inning, her younger sister Kylee drilled a solid single up the middle as Murdock raced in to give the Warriors their first lead of the game.
"She (Kylee Lynch) has been in a lot of situations like that before so we had a lot of confidence in her to pull through," said first year Warren head coach Jenny Lynch. "Hailey did her job leading off and I was sure the top of our lineup was going to come through."
Schetter and Higgins followed with a walk and a single respectively to load the bases and one out later Freeman walked Coffman to score an insurance run heading to the final inning.
McBride led off the seventh with a single for Logan but Schetter recovered to retire the final three hitters to finish off the Warriors seventh victory of the season in ten attempts.
Schetter notched the win by throwing two-hit ball over the final three innings while Freeman was tagged with the loss for Logan (5-8).
"I'd like to see us hit a little bit better," said Coach Lynch, acknowledging the effort put forth by Freeman. "But we found a way to come through when we needed to."
The Lady Warriors will be home once again on Wednesday when they host the Meigs Lady Marauders.