Tippecanoe Valley Softball 23, Wabash 9
After falling behind 9-4, Valley scored 19 unanswered runs to dime the Apaches Wednesday afternoon in Akron.
Wabash scored its runs on just two singles as Valley pitching issued six walks, two hit batsmen and two committed errors.
Valley had Mercedes Snapp drive in a run to tie the game at nine, then poured it on as Wabash pitching issued multiple walks and wild pitches.
In all, Valley (7-6) had 14 hits, eight of those coming from Macy Kirchenstien, Corinna Stiles and Brittany Benn. The three also combined for eight runs and seven RBI.
Kirchenstien earned the win in relief, settling in to strike out eight.
Wawasee Softball 21, Plymouth 7
Wawasee (2-11-1) threw for three touchdowns Wednesday hustling through the rain in Syracuse.
Kiaundra Olson pitched all five innings and had seven strikeouts. Haylee Allen, Jaci Worrell, Olivia Stuck, and Jaiden Rocha all had two hits each. Ari Garcia, Laney Gross and Kathryn Flannery also each had one hit.
Northridge Softball 7, Warsaw 6
The Tigers fell just short of a big move in the NLC Wednesday in Tiger Town.
Lindsey Bradley tripled and scored in the seventh to bring the Tigers within one, but Abby Hostetler picked up her 12th strikeout of the night in the inning as Ridge wriggled out of trouble to remain unbeaten in the NLC at 5-0.
Warsaw (6-3, 4-1 NLC) also had a homer from Bradley, who drove in three on the night.
Northridge touched up Tiger pitcher Tori Tackett for seven runs on 10 hits and four walks.
Taylor Softball 7, Grace 0
Taylor 17, Grace 1
Grace’s softball team lost both games of a doubleheader to Taylor on Wednesday at Coach Phil Dick Field.
The Trojans used one big inning in each game to secure the sweep, winning 7-0 and 17-1.
Grace was blanked in the first game due to the sharp pitching by Taylor’s Maddi Evans. The game was close through four innings with the Trojans holding a slight 2-0 lead.
But Taylor erupted for five runs in the fifth, which proved to be the final margin of victory. The Trojans had seven hits in the frame to earn the final 7-0 scoreline.
The Lady Lancers had a baserunner in five of the seven innings, but Grace was unable to string together its hits to push across a run.
Jeri Ellis and Cassandra Hayes were each 1 for 2 in the game.
The second game had a similar storyline. Both teams scored in the first inning.
Ellis was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first, and she moved to third after a single and a sacrifice bunt. Ellis then came home to score after an RBI single from Britney Young.
The game remained 1-1 through the opening three innings. Grace had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the third when Jaden Cardoso led off the inning with a double. But the Lady Lancers were retired with three straight fly outs.
Taylor made Grace pay in a major way in the fourth inning. The Trojans erupted for 14 runs in the fourth, putting the game out of reach for Grace.
Cardoso batted 2 for 3. Elena Rolley, Ashley Beckler and Jessica Kaurich were each 1 for 2.
The Lady Lancers will hit the road on Friday at Spring Arbor. Grace’s final doubleheader of the season is Saturday at home against Marian at 1 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day to honor Grace’s graduating class.
Northridge Baseball 3, Warsaw 2
The Tigers came up a base short in a visit to Middlebury Wednesday evening.
Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Warsaw used back-to-back singles from Nico Luna and Aaron Greene, then a two-run error to bring them both around. But with a runner on third and one out, Ridge got out of trouble and got a Tiger runner caught stealing in the seventh to escape.
Drew McCleary had three hits to lead the Tigers (3-9, 2-3 NLC), while Greene and Sam Justice both had a pair of hits.
Greene struck out nine on the bump, allowing four hits and two walks, Ridge getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
NorthWood Softball at Mishawaka
The NLC contest was postponed, a make-up date was not announced.
Wawasee Baseball at Plymouth
The NLC contest was suspended until Thursday, April 29, because of rain. First pitch for the varsity and JV games will be 5:30 p.m. in Plymouth.
NorthWood Baseball v. Mishawaka
The NLC contest was suspended in the fourth inning, the Cavemen leading 1-0. The game will resume from its stopping point on May 14 when NorthWood visits Mishawaka in what will become a modified doubleheader.
Tippecanoe Valley Baseball v. Wabash
The TRC contest was suspended until Friday, April 30, because of rain. The game will resume from its stopping point at 5 p.m.