Warren softball gets best of Marietta, 15-2

There’s an old saying that says patience is a virtue.

Patience on the softball field can result in base runners and in turn those base runners can turn into runs.

Such was the case Tuesday night at Phillips Field as the Warren Lady Warriors drew 15 walks en route to a 15-2, five-inning victory over the Marietta Lady Tigers.

Warren had no less than 26 runners reach base in the five inning game that saw them score three times each in the first two innings before breaking things wide open with a five-run fourth.

The Lady Warriors got their first three runs in the opening inning without the benefit of a base hit as they took advantage of five walks and a hits batsmen.

“We just walked way too many tonight,” said Marietta head coach Kris Hill. “They (Warren) are always a tough team and you just don’t want to give them more opportunities to beat you.”

The Lady Tigers got one of those runs back in their half of the opening inning when Shannon Haessly singled in Shae Hutchinson.

Warren went right back to work in the second as it loaded the bases when Elisabeth Williams singled, Chloe Corser walked and Avery Grayson reached base on a Tiger fielding error.

Lady Warrior starting pitcher Diamond Decker helped herself in a big way when she doubled in a pair of runs before Taylor Cross singled in the third run of the inning to increase the lead to 6-1.

After allowing the first-inning run, Decker settled down nicely on the mound as she allowed MHS just one more run in the third inning on a double by freshman Logan Pollard and a run-scoring single by Brittany Hesson.

“We haven’t been able to get Diamond (Decker) in there a whole lot this year but when we have she has been outstanding,” said Warren head coach Jenny Lynch. “With tournament time coming up, we need her to be ready and she was tonight.”

Warren got a pair of big hits in what turned out to be the final two innings as Grayson delivered a three-run double in the five-run fourth and freshman Emilie Mallett crushed a three-run home run over the left field fence to highlight the four-run fifth.

Decker scattered six base hits to gain the win for the Warriors who improved to 16-5, while Tiger starter Shayla Lamp took the loss as MHS slipped to 4-16.

For the second straight season both teams wore tie-dye uniforms as the game also served as a fundraiser for the Strecker Cancer Center in Marietta.

“Today it’s not just about a softball game. It’s about all of the families and relatives who have been affected by cancer,” said Hill. “These girls are big community girls and excellent students and today is all about the money they were able to raise for the Strecker Center.”