Wauseon ended what was a close game at the start of the fifth inning early by tallying eight runs in an 11-1 win against visiting Wayne Trace in non-league softball Thursday afternoon.
After a pair of bases-loaded walks, Alisa Shelt and Harlee Floss ended the game with a pair of two-run singles for the final four runs of the game.
Macee Schang drove in the first run in the final frame with a single to deep center field. The Wayne Trace pitcher lost some control, offering free passes to Jettie Burget, Juli Spadafore and Payton Albright before the two hits ended the game.
“It takes them a little bit to get going,” Wauseon coach Mark Schang said of his team. “Harlee is going to step up every time. The girls were great today.”
The younger Schang got the Indians started with Wauseon’s first hit, a solo shot in the bottom of the second.
The Raiders tied the game in the top of the third. A hard-hit ball and error put two runners on, and a bunt advanced the runners to second a third. A wild pitch allowed a run to score.
Wauseon reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning. Christina Norman came through with a two-out run-scoring double, which put the Indians back in front. After a walk to Shelt, Floss came through with a single up the middle to make the score 3-1.
Floss finished with three hits and drove in three runs in the win. Shelt and Schang each added two hits and drove in two runs each. Shelt had a double as she continues to set the career doubles mark for the Indians.
Schang worked all five innings in the circle and kept Wayne Trace without a hit. She fanned nine in the win.
“She was good today,” said the Wauseon coach of his pitcher. “She had her good stuff today. She put it anywhere she wanted.”
Wauseon (17-4) traveled to Antwerp Monday before a strong finish to the week. Wednesday they close NWOAL play at Swanton, Thursday they host Stryker and Friday they will host a sectional final.
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