WAWASEE 14, ELKHART MEMORIAL 6
A late touchdown helped Wawasee escape Memorial Wednesday in the City with a Heart.
Leading 7-6 heading into the top of the seventh, Wawasee used singles from Graceanne Kerlin and Kiaundra Olson to get things going. Marissa Hunziker and Delaney Hare then collected RBI groundouts and then Wawasee used RBI hits from Abi Smith, Olivia Stuck and Kerlin to build its cushion.
Stuck had three doubles and four RBIs, Smith had five hits and three runs scored and Bethany Flannery hit her fourth homer of the season as Wawasee pounded out 17 total hits in the Northern Lakes Conference contest.
Olson only had one strikeout in the circle and scattered 11 Memorial hits, but came away with the pitching win.
Amber Asher had a double, homer and three RBIs to lead the Chargers.
Wawasee (6-4, 2-0 NLC) hosts NorthWood Friday afternoon.
MACONAQUAH 13, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 7
Maconaquah kept fighting back and eventually pulled away from Valley Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference action.
Four runs in the fifth and five runs in the seventh propelled the Braves to the win. Kaelynn Meyer, Andrea Selleck and Josie Pyke all homered in the fifth for Maconaquah, then a huge three-run error off the bat of Meyer allowed the Braves to take on some needed insurance.
Ally Betten and Brayden Baney both had two-run singles to help Valley post a four-run third inning. Betten and Baney each had three RBIs in the game and Amy Baca added three hits and three runs scored.
Carra Wolf had 12 strikeouts in the complete game win for Maconaquah while the Valley duo of Sydney Howard and Mayde Fear allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs.
Valley (3-5, 0-1 TRC) will host Adams Central Saturday in a doubleheader.
NORTHRIDGE 9, NORTHWOOD 2
For the second night in a row, NorthWood took its cuts against a defending conference champion. And for the second night in a row, the Panthers ran out of bullets late in the game.
A night after losing to Concord on a late run, Northridge filed in four runs in the sixth to pull away from the Panthers at Stauffer Park. Three Raider singles opened the sixth to load the bases, then a ground out and wild pitch brought home two runs. After a Wood error, Ridge tacked on another two runs to extend a 9-1 lead.
Allison Hostetler and Makena Knepp each had two hits and two runs scored, part of five total Raiders with at least two hits. Rachael Kelley had three hits and a run scored.
Gracie Clark had a double and two walks to lead the Panthers and Amanda Jenkins add an RBI. Clark took the loss for NorthWood, giving up two runs in three innings of work.
NorthWood (4-6, 0-2 NLC) visits Wawasee Friday afternoon.
WARSAW 8, GOSHEN 5
A five-run start and some late insurance helped Warsaw to a road win in the NLC.
RBI hits from Hailey Locke and Katie Anderson got Warsaw going, then a two-run bomb from Izzy Dittmar, her first of the year, moved Warsaw up 5-0 at Shanklin Park.
After Goshen coaxed a bases loaded walk to pull within a run at 5-4, Warsaw rallied with an unearned run on an error then Locke ripped a two-run double to pull away.
Warsaw had eight hits overall, with Lindsey Bradley and Hudson Bolinger each adding a pair of hits.
Courtney Chookie gave up seven hits and four earned runs, but struck out eight to get the win.
Sara Breniser had three RBIs to lead the RedHawks.
Warsaw lost the JV game 8-2. Tori Tackett had three hits and Reggan Meadows added two hits for the Tigers.
Warsaw (3-5, 1-1 NLC) visits Plymouth Friday.
SPRING ARBOR 7, GRACE 6
GRACE 11, SPRING ARBOR 9
Grace’s softball team flexed its offensive muscle on Wednesday in a doubleheader against Spring Arbor.
The Lady Lancers racked up 29 hits in the two games, losing 7-6 in the opener before winning 11-9 in the final game at Coach Phil Dick Field.
The teams had no problem producing offense in the opening game. The sides combined for nine runs over the first three innings.
The score was 1-1 after the first inning. SAU scored first, but Jessica’s Kaurich’s RBI double evened the game.
In the second, Grace pulled ahead. Gardner’s single brought in two runs, and Gardner later scored after a ground ball by Olivia Scarbrough to make the score 4-1.
The Cougars responded with a four-run outburst in the third to regain the lead; SAU used a two-run home run in the inning to spark its rally.
The lead shifted back to Grace in the fifth. Britney Young started the inning with a leadoff home run, and Kaurich scurried home from third base after a wild pitch. Kaurich’s run put Grace on top 6-5.
SAU countered again, however, in the very next inning. The Cougars plated twice for a 7-6 lead.
That score held through the final out. Grace had a chance at a walkoff, leading off the seventh inning with consecutive singles. But the Lady Lancers could not find their winning moment as the next three at-bats resulted in outs.
Erin Lawhon pitched the final 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and one earned run. She struck out five batters.
Heim hit 3 for 4 with two stolen bases, and Taylor Asher was 3 for 4 with a double and a run.
Kaurich doubled twice, and Andrea Castillo had two hits and a run.
In the second game, Grace’s 16 hits helped cover up six defensive errors in an offensive battle.
The Lady Lancers scored all 11 of their runs in the first four innings.
Grace took the lead in the first thanks to an RBI double from Young and a sacrifice fly from Kaurich.
The lead swelled to 4-2 in the second inning. Jess Vandenboom had a sac fly to bring in one run, and Heim had a two-out RBI double for the next run.
Although SAU tacked on its third run in the top of the third, Grace exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Vandenboom drove in two runs with a two-out single to cap off a big inning.
Grace’s cushion ballooned to 11-6 in the fourth. Castillo had a two-run single in the inning, and Morgan Tapscott and Scarbrough also plated in the fourth.
The Cougars kept pressure on Grace by cutting their deficit to 11-9 in the fifth inning, but Grace’s defense held stout.
SAU threatened in the top of the seventh, putting two runners on base as daylight dwindled. But Lawhon got three outs on the next three at-bats to end the game.
Lawhon got the save by pitching the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. Dori Knight tossed the first four innings to record the victory.
Castillo was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a run and three RBIs, and Tapscott and Asher both had two hits and two runs.
Heim hit 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, Young finished 2 for 4 with a double and a run, and Vandenboom drove in three runs.
The Lady Lancers are on the road Monday for the final time this season at Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Grace returns home next week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with a trio of doubleheaders at Coach Phil Dick Field.