A six-run second inning for the visiting Otsego Knights put Wauseon softball in a hole they could not recover from, falling by a final of 12-4 at home on Tuesday.
But despite the early deficit, the Indians continued to battle.
Following an RBI by Otsego’s Mercedes McNett to score Holly Roe which made it 8-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the Indians cut into the Knight lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Wauseon’s Reagan Spadafore began the frame by drawing a base on balls. She advanced to third after a throwing error during Erin Douglass’ at bat, and after Douglass was caught trying to steal, Maddy Martinez drilled a home run to make it 8-2 through five.
However, the Knights responded with four runs, all with two outs, in the top of the sixth.
The first came on a Wauseon throwing error which plated Roe to push the Otsego advantage to 9-2. Then, an RBI-single by Lexie Rieger and two-run single by Peyton Blandy made it 12-2.
Wauseon’s offense was able to add a run each in both the sixth and seventh innings to keep the game going.
An Oliviah Banister RBI-double with one out in the fifth scored Ally Tefft to cut the margin to 12-3. Then, after Wauseon pitcher Alisa Shelt set the Knights down in order in the away half of the seventh, the Indians were able to tack on another in their final at bat.
Martinez reached on a leadoff walk to begin the frame. Brianna Andrews followed with a single to push Martinez to third, where she then scored on a passed ball to equal the final tally.
Martinez paced the Indians with a pair of RBIs and a walk in three plate appearances. Roe (2 for 4), Blandy (2 for 3), and Shelby Spurlock each had two RBIs for Otsego.
Spurlock got the win in the circle as she struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work. Tefft took the loss for Wauseon.
The Indians open up NWOAL play by traveling to Evergreen today and Archbold tomorrow.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010