Tiger softball falls to ’Skins

Marietta High stayed close to the league leader until the final frame.

In the top of the seventh, visiting Coshocton High batted around for seven runs to defeat the Tigers, 11-2, in an East Central Ohio League softball game Friday.

“It wasn’t that bad, because the score doesn’t reflect this game,” said MHS skipper Kris Hill. “Sometimes it looks worse than it does.

“I take my hat off to Coshocton, because today they had it.”

Marietta (3-8) had enjoyed a good week up until Friday. On Wednesday, the Tigers mercied Morgan, 23-7, and on Thursday, they drilled Zanesville, 16-0, in an ECOL matchup.

Even against the ECOL first-place Redskins ( 8-1 overall, 5-0 ECOL), MHS had 10 hits. Senior third baseman Kendall Hartline was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and senior shortstop Shae Hutchison and center fielder Brittany Hesson each added two baseknocks. Madison Gault, Logan Pollard, and Shannon Haessly each contributed a single.

“Even tonight everybody was up and hitting,” Hutchison said. “I mean, it was right to them, but they were still hitting. It’s a good thing to hit the ball and not strike out.”

MHS righty Shayla Lamp suffered the mound setback. Molly Westermeyer also threw.

“Nice pitching by Shayla kept us in the game,” Hill said.

Dani Duhamell-coached Coshocton was led paced by second baseman Riley Conkle, who was 3-for-5 with a triple, double and four RBIs. Amia Woods and Erin Storsin added two hits apiece, and Payton Holdsworth drove in two runs.

Righty Peighton Gore went the distance on the bump, fanning six and walking none.

“She was a good little pitcher,” Hill said. And Coshocton had some nice hits in the gap and over the head. You’ve just got to applaud those nice hits.”

The Redskins staked themselves to a 1-0 first-inning advantage when Conkle doubled home Woods. In the second, they loaded up the bases with nobody out, but came away empty when Lamp retired the next three batters on popouts.

CHS stretched its lead to 3-0 on Holdworth’s two-run single in the third. In the fifth, the visitors capitalized on a couple of MHS errors to make it 4-0.

But in the bottom half of the fifth frame, Marietta finally got on the board. After Haessly beat out an infield hit, she advanced to second on an error and to third on Hutchison’s single to left. Hartline then plated Haessly with a groundout.

MHS threatened to score in the sixth, but came away empty on a nice defensive play by the CHS left fielder. Leading off for the Tigers, Hesson reached second on a two-base error, but after a groundball to third she was erased in a rundown. Safe at first was Westermeyer.

Next up, Gault got an infield hit.

Westermeyer and Gault moved up a base on a Gore wild pitch.

With two outs, Haessly lined a shot down the left field line that appeared to have two-basehit written all over it. But Coshocton left fielder Courtney Guthrie made a nice running catch of the ball to retire the side.

“Shannon really hit that ball hard,” Hutchison said.

Leading 4-1 going into the top of seventh, Coshocton sent 11 batters to the plate, and scored seven runs. Highlighting the surge, Conkle had a base-loaded triple and Gore, a run-scoring double.

Marietta scored a run it its final at-bats, when Hesson singled home Hutchison.

“I do think that we’re really starting to blend,” Hill said. “I’m proud of them. They keep hustling.”

Marietta is scheduled to play a twinbill at Meigs Saturday at 11 a.m.