The Clay Lady Panthers used the bottom half of the fourth frame to plate six runs, fueling the Lady Panthers to an 11-1 win over their SOC I counterpart, the New Boston Lady Tigers.
After the Panther’s starting pitcher, Julia Swain struck out the side to start the game, New Boston’s Taelyn Hickman faced only four batters in the first, as she was able to strand a Panther runner. Swain struck out the side in the second as well, before Clay pushed a pair of runs across in the bottom of the inning. Cassidy Wells and Lila Brown both singled, with the bases filling up when Jensen Warnock was hit by a pitch with one out. Shaelyn Vassar brought two of her teammates around to score on Clay’s third single of the inning, making the score 2-0. The Lady Tigers did get a pair of single from Peyton Helphinstine and Breanna Wiedbrauk but Swain held New Boston through the third, as did Hickman, who sat the Lady Panthers down in order.
Swain picked up her eighth and ninth strikeouts in the top of the fourth, setting up the penultimate inning for the Lady Panthers. First baseman Hannah Oliver slapped a double to open, followed by an Elisa Collins single. Warnock and Vassar collected the third and fourth hits of the frame, both off 0-2 counts, with Warnock busting a double and Vassar stroking a single, as the Lady Panthers went up, 5-0. Megan Bazler reached first on a Lady Tiger error right before Swain drew a one-out walk. Wells singled sharply with two runners scoring, while Clay’s tenth and eleventh hitters flew out to end the offensive attack.
In the fifth, Swain fanned the first two Lady Tigers before sophomore catcher Lexus Oiler sliced a two-out triple to right, scoring on Helphinstine’s single to the same side of the field. Swain got a tap back to the mound from the next Lady Tiger to end the game via the ten-run mercy rule.
Collins, Wells and Vassar all recorded two-hit games for Clay, with Vassar picking up 2 RBIs and Collins and Wells one each. Warnock and Oliver both had extra-base hits, as eleven different players scored a single run for the Lady Panthers. Swain was simply outstanding from the circle, pitching five innings, striking out 11 and walking only one batter.
New Boston was led at the plate by Helphinstine’s two hits and her RBI, with Wiedbrauk and Oiler also getting hits for the girls of Glenwood. Hickman, outside of a tough fourth frame, did a good job pitching, walking only two while surrendering 12 hits.