DELPHOS — THE inning.
That is the dreaded inning of many a baseball or fast-pitch softball game where everything goes wrong for a team — or goes right for the opponent.
In the Allen East at Jefferson Northwest Conference softball clash Thursday night at windy Lady Wildcat Field at Jefferson High School, that “inning” came in the top of the fourth where the Lady Mustangs sent 13 to the plate and had eight touch the dish to blow open the game and eventually led to a 14-3 rout.
The Lady Wildcats (0-8, 0-3 NWC) took the lead in the bottom of the first frame. Sarah Thitoff led off with a free pass against Allen East righty Aubren Davis (6-4; 4 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 free pass, 4 strikeouts) but was eliminated on a grounder by Hannah Sensibaugh (2-for-3, 2 runs scored). The latter moved to second on a groundout by Taylor Branham and scored as Jasmine McDougall (2-for-3) doubled to deep center.
Allen East tied it 1-1 in the top of the second against Jefferson righty Taylor Branham (0-7; 5 IPs, 13 hits, 14 runs, 10 earned, 7 wild pitches, 2 hit batters, 1 BB, 4 Ks) on a 1-out error, a stolen base by Kyle Wyss (one of the team’s 12 for the contest) and a bloop single to right center by Sierra Sizemore (2-for-3, 2 runs batted in).
The Mustangs made it 4-1 in the third on three wild pitches, an error and two hits, including a single by Madison Schantz. They also had a suicide squeeze executed by Kaycee Rowe (2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) to score Schantz and an RBI comebacker by Wyss to get Rowe in for a 3-run edge.