After scoring two runs in the sixth to break a 1-all tie, Wauseon held off a Delta rally in the seventh inning to post a 3-2 Northwest Ohio Athletic League softball win at a rainy Panther Field Friday afternoon.
Wauseon used a Delta error to open the door in the top of the sixth inning to break the tie. Kyrin Grime reached on a one-out error, then used a delay steal to move to second. Maddy Martinez followed with a single that moved Grime to third.
After a pop-up recorded the second out of the inning, Harlee Floss dropped in a single to left field to score Grime. Martinez also advanced a base, and when Delta had some trouble on the relay throw, she also scored on the play to make the score 3-1.
“The thing I’ve been preaching to the girls is to relax and get their bats going,” Wauseon coach Jen Croninger said after the win. “They did tonight and the biggest thing for them is that they had fun.
“All it comes down to is my girls seeing the ball,” the Wauseon coach said about getting the offense going in the late innings. “They are believing in themselves again and I’m just so excited right now.”
Delta came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run thrown out at the plate. Sadie Burres scored on a single by Madison Nadolny, and Emily Clifton, who also singled in the inning, went to third.
Nadolny’s single came with some controversy, as the ball appeared to hit her foot coming out of the box. The play stood, and Delta had runners on first and third with two out. During the next at-bat, the runner on third tried to advance on a wild pitch, but was caught at the plate for the final out.
“We’ve been burnt a couple times,” Croninger said of the seventh inning, “but we have to play above that.”
“We have a good team, but we have to put it together for seven innings,” Delta coach Pat Bastidas said about the tough loss. “They got excited in the last innings, but we need that intensity through all the innings.”
The Panthers used back-to-back Wauseon miscues in the field to plate an early run. Nadolny reached on an error, then scored when Alexa Tenney skied a fly ball that dropped.
“We had a lead,” stated Bastidas of the early innings. “Our intensity should have increased.”
Wauseon tied the game in the third when Madison Henry turned a pop-up bunt into a double. With one out in the third, she saw the third baseman for Delta charging in. Henry lifted a bunt over the head of the third baseman coming in, and wound up at second once the ball stopped rolling.
Henry scored on an error that allowed Alisa Shelt to reach base.
Shelt allowed nine Delta hits and picked up the win. Burres, who had two of the hits, allowed five Wauseon hits and took the loss.
Martinez had two hits for Wauseon.
The Indians (12-5, 4-2 NWOAL) wrap up NWOAL play with a game today against Archbold. Delta (6-11, 1-5) is at Swanton.
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