The Marietta High softball team was crossing the plate seemingly at will Monday at Phillips Field as the Lady Tigers cruised to a 13-2 victory over Rosecrans.
With the game tied at 2-all after two innings, Marietta scored 11 runs in the third and fourth innings combined and held the Lady Bishops scoreless in the top of the fifth to claim the mercy win.
Freshman Shayla Lamp pitched all five innings for the orange and black, striking out four and walking one to earn the victory.
“Well-pitched game for our freshman,” said Marietta head coach Stacy Fleming.
“She kind of needed that. She’s kind of struggled a little bit from the beginning. That win helped build her confidence a little bit.”
Rosecrans’ Abby Mayfield was tagged with the loss, striking out five and walking three in four innings pitched.
Mayfield received little help from her defense, as the Bishops committed a whopping 12 errors.
From the leadoff spot in the lineup, Cecelia Morganstern had three hits and scored three runs for Marietta. Maddie Farrar had a pair of hits and a pair of runs and also drove in a run.
Jessie Mossack, Katie Dalrymple, Alexis Beardmore and Lamp all had base hits for the Tigers as well.
Rosecrans got the scoring started in the top of the first inning.
With one out, Mayfield reached first on an error and advanced to second when the next batter grounded out.
After Breanna Sullivan singled to right field to put runners on the corners, Sarah Stuart singled up the middle to bring Mayfield in and send Sullivan to third. Sullivan would later score on a wild pitch to put the Bishops up 2-0.
After a sloppy first inning defensively, Marietta collected itself and performed well the rest of the way in the field.
“Once we start settling down, we can play pretty good defense,” Fleming said.
“We’ve kind of struggled with that this year. We don’t start off very well, but we seem to come back.”
Marietta cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the opening frame. Morganstern led off with a bunt single and went to second on an error and third on a wild pitch.
She would later score on a dropped pop fly to first off the bat of Farrar.
The Tigers added another run in the second, courtesy of three Bishop miscues, to tie the game. Beardmore singled to left field to start the inning, went to second on an error and would come around to score on two wild pitches.
After Lamp threw her second consecutive scoreless frame in the third, Marietta came through for a three-spot in the bottom half of the inning to put the Tigers up 5-2.
After Mossack was hit by a pitch, Farrar singled to right field.
The ball got past the right fielder and allowed both Mossack and Farrar to come all the way around and cross the plate.
Later in the inning, Tyler Lamb reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Lamp then helped her own cause with an RBI-single to center to plate Lamb and give Marietta a three-run lead.
“We actually hit the ball,” Fleming said.
“That was our day today. We actually hit the ball and did some nice base running.”
Things got ugly in the fourth inning, as the Tigers scored eight runs via six wild pitches and four errors by Rosecrans.
The win upped Marietta’s record to 3-9 on the season.
Fleming thinks more wins could be coming for her squad.
“We just need to communicate a little bit better and hit the ball when we need to hit the ball,” she explained.
The Lady Tigers go on the road to play Meadowbrook today at 5 p.m.