Tigers fall to Warriors
VINCENT – Warren sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night and the Warriors rallied for an 11-6 win over the arch-rival Marietta Tigers.
Marietta came out swinging as they scored four times in the opening inning and the Tigers made that lead stand up until the Warriors sixth inning eruption.
“We really made a lot of mental errors early on, especially on the base paths,” said Warren third-year head coach Jenny Lynch. “We fought back though and I was really impressed with the fight that we had.”
The Tigers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the opening inning when lead-off batter Shae Hutchinson was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Kendall Hartline.
Firstbaseman Molly Westermeyer followed with a double into the gap in left centerfield to score Hutchinson with the first run of the game.
Shannon Haessly reached base on a fielders choice to score Westermeyer and after Bailey Hogue singled, Madison Gault’s double gave the Tigers their third run of the inning.
An infield groundout by catcher Abby Brooker capped the scoring by the Tigers off of Warren starting pitcher Diamond Decker.
Warren got half of those runs back by scoring twice in their half of the first inning on an RBI double by Chloe Corser and a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Taylor Cross.
Marietta added a run in the second inning when Hutchinson doubled and came in to score on a Decker wild pitch.
The Warriors had plenty of chances to close the gap early on but some not-so-hot base running coupled with the strong throwing arm of Marietta catcher Abby Brooker kept the Tigers in front.
Warren got four baserunners picked off base including a pair at third base by Brooker.
“Abby did a really nice job catching them in between,” said second year MHS head coach Kris Hill.
Warren scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings off of Westermeyer, who took over in the circle in relief of Shayla Lamp but Marietta added what appeared to be a big insurance run in the top of the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single by Hutchinson to take a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Lead-off batter Elisabeth Williams got the pivotal sixth going for the Warriors when she was hit by a pitch and Corser followed by drawing a walk.
After Westermeyer rallied to strikeout Avery Grayson, Warren strung together four consecutive basehits to take their first lead of the game.
Decker’s single cut the lead to one before Cross dropped a single into left field to plate two more and give the Warriors a 7-6 lead.
“Taylor Cross makes it a habit of coming through for us all the time,” said Lynch. “Last year she came up with a lot of clutch hits and it looks like she is going to continue this year.”
A single by Kylee Lynch and a double by Kaitlyn Coffman made it an 8-6 game before a two-run triple by Emilee Mallett broke things wide open.
Williams capped the scoring with an RBI single.
Junior pitcher Sarah Greenlee had came into the game in relief of Decker in the sixth inning and tossed a perfect seventh to gain the win for the Warriors who improved to 2-1 on the season.
Westermeyer suffered the loss for the Tigers who slipped to 0-3 with the loss.
” It was just a great game. We got our bats going early on but we just couldn’t do much later on,” said Hill. “They (Warren) came up with some big hits, we just need to keep the bats going through the whole game.”
Both teams hit the road today as Warren travels to Alexander while Marietta visits Logan.