WATERFORD – Waterford put on quite an exhibition on the art of hitting Thursday evening when both the Federal Hocking baseball and softball teams paid a visit to Waterford Elementary School.
Both Waterford teams scored 16 runs and the two combined to collect 33 hits in total as it gave Federal Hocking an early exit due to the mercy rule in both contests.
The baseball team scored 11 times in the first inning and cruised to a 16-3 win, while the Wildcats surrendered an early four-run lead before recovering to score a six-inning, 16-6 softball win over the previously unbeaten Lancers.
Waterford (4-2) got base-hits from 12 different hitters to back some solid pitching by sophomore Noah Huffman in the rout of Federal Hocking.
Huffman shut out the Lancers on just one hit and struck out five in his three innings of work before yielding to Isaac Huffman and Russell Young, who each tossed an inning of relief.
Isaac Huffman led the Waterford offense with a pair of hits, three runs scored and two runs driven in.
First-year Waterford head coach Doug Huffman was obviously quite pleased with his team’s offensive explosion.
“We have really been working on trying to cut out the strikeouts and also the fly ball outs,” said Huffman. “Tonight we made them field the ball and I felt we executed very well offensively.”
Montana Brooker and Braden Bellville each knocked in a pair of runs for the green and white.
The Wildcats took a completely different route, but came away with the same result.
A run-scoring single in the third inning by starting pitcher Emma Baldwin gave Waterford the first run of the game before right fielder Maddie Ohse crushed a long two-run homer just inside the foul pole down the right-field line for a 3-0 lead.
Paige McCutcheon followed with a double and Denise Young singled her in to make it 4-0.
After being held scoreless for the first four innings of the game, Federal Hocking finally began to figure out Baldwin as the Lancers rallied to score four times in the fifth to knot the game.
A three-run triple by catcher Skylar Hatfield was the biggest hit of the inning and preceeded a double by Tyra Mayle which evened the score.
Unfortunately for the Lancers, that momentum would not last long at all as Waterford sent 12 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, scoring eight times to blow things wide open.
Sophomore Stacia Gossett provided the biggest blast of the inning in a pinch-hit role as she homered over the center-field fence with the bases loaded for a grand slam.
Gossett doubled in two more runs in the next inning as Waterford scored four times to invoke the mercy rule and notch its second win of the season in three tries.
Bailey Offenberger led a 19-hit Waterford attack with four singles while Paige McCutcheon collected three hits.
Seven different Wildcat hitters collected at least two hits apiece, while every single girl in coach Doug Baldwin’s lineup scored at least one run.
Jordan Taylor gained the win in relief for Waterford by pitching the final 1 2-3 innings.
Both the softball and baseball teams will be right back in action today when they travel to Eastern.