Waterford’s Hayes shuts out Trimble for 10-0 victory
WATERFORD — Starting pitcher Kryssa Hayes tossed a four-hit shutout and the Waterford Wildcats played error-free softball as they rolled to a six-inning, 10-0 win Friday night over the visiting Trimble Tomcats in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division battle.
Waterford jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after scoring once in the first and four times in the second and that proved to be all the run support Hayes would need.
“I was very pleased with the way Kryssa Hayes pitched … she was in command the whole game,” said Waterford head coach Doug Baldwin. “She stayed ahead in the count on most batters and defensively we made all the plays behind her.”
Second baseman Brier Offenberger led off the bottom of the first for the winners with a double and one out later came home to score the first run of the game on an sacrifice fly by catcher Josie Elliott.
Waterford sent 10 hitters to plate in the bottom of the second as they scored four times off of Trimble starting pitcher Bama Martin.
First baseman Riley Schweikert got the rally started when she opened the inning with a single and she moved the second when Kari Carney reached base on a Tomcat fielding error.
Katie Lowe walked to load the bases before Lily Franchino and Chloe Hinton each brought in runs on fielders choice ground balls in the infield.
Offenberger collected an RBI single and after center fielder Mackenzie Suprano reached on another Trimble error, Elliott drew a bases loaded walk to force in the fourth run of the inning and give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Hayes was in control from the very beginning for the Wildcats as she did not allow a Trimble base runner to reach third base in the game.
The biggest threat of the game for Trimble came in the top of the fourth when Martin doubled with two out and the next Tomcat hitter was hit by a pitch but Hayes got out of trouble by inducing the next hitter to tap one back to the mound for the final out of the inning.
The Wildcats made it 6-0 in the last of the fifth on a two-out, RBI bunt single by Lily Franchino before they put things away for good in the last of the sixth.
Offenberger collected her third hit of the game to begin the sixth and Suprano beat out a bunt for a base-hit.
Elliott grounded out to shortstop with both runners moving into scoring position and shortstop Alayna Jones followed with a two-run single to make it an 8-0 Waterford lead.
Jones moved to third on a ground-out by Schweikert and came home to score the ninth run of the game on a wild pitch.
Carney walked and was replaced at first by freshman Lakyn Jones who promptly stole second before coming into score on a game-ending RBI hit by Lowe.
The combination of timely hitting to go along with an outstanding performance in the circle and great team defense is a great recipe for success with tournament play just around the corner.
“All the kids played well tonight, we made a lot of good plays defensively,” said Baldwin. “We put the bat on the ball and put a lot of pressure on them defensively.”
Offenberger’s three base hits paced the Wildcats eight-hit attack as they improved to 16-7 on the season with a trip to South Gallia on Monday evening next on their agenda.
Trimble, who got doubles by Adelynn Stevens, Briana Osbourne and Martin, slipped to 4-15 on the season.