Wauseon softball was able to pick up a pair of wins Saturday, topping visiting Tinora 8-5 and then 11-1 in a non-league doubleheader.
The Indians fell into a 4-0 hole midway through the top of the first inning in the first game; however, they limited the Rams to only one run the rest of the way.
Quinn Horn’s three-run home run was the big blow for the Rams in the away half of the first. The Indians were able to get one back in the next half by way of Jettie Burget’s RBI single scoring Payton Albright.
Burget did it again in the third, singling home Brianna Hays to trim the lead to 4-2. Then, with the bases loaded and two out, a hit by pitch plated another run.
The next batter, Ella Albright, hit into a fielder’s choice where Tinora elected to go home but the throw was not in time. The play tied the game at 4-4.
The two squads traded runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth on RBI doubles for Wauseon’s Alexis Haury and Tristen Norden of Tinora.
Wauseon slammed the door on the Rams in the sixth. After a base hit from Hays, Macee Schang hit one that cleared the fence in left center for a two-run home run and 7-5 lead.
Burget followed with a single and worked her way to third via balls in the dirt by Scylea Zolman. Later in the frame after a Haury walk, she stole second and the throw was off, allowing Burget to score.
“They are a great team,” said coach Mark Schang of Tinora. “They’ve got a great pitcher — the first pitcher (Zolman). Great pitcher. We haven’t seen that kind of pitching since we’ve been playing (this season).
“Great team. (We were) a little sluggish. She (Macee) always has trouble in the first inning. But, once she worked out of that, yeah we come back and battled back.”
The Indians carried on that momentum into game two, scoring in all four innings they hit in what ended up being a five-inning 10-run victory.
“You could see it,” said coach Schang of his team’s fight. “This team, when they get down they kind of stay down. But today they didn’t do that. They came back, battled back right off the get go. We had a long talk, I don’t know when it was, about all of this. How we gotta fight.
“They battled back and it’s nice to see that, finally, we are getting to where we need to be.”
Each team scraped across a run in the first.
The Indians broke the tie in the home half of the second when Kiara Stutzman’s RBI single plated Haury. That was followed by Ella Albright’s sacrifice fly scoring Jayli Vasquez, giving them a 3-1 advantage.
Wauseon proceeded to run away with it by way of a five-run third.
Chelsie Raabe cleared the bases with a single, as Tinora’s left fielder let the ball skip past her to make it a 6-1 difference. They added two more on a Stutzman ground out plating a run from third, and also Haury who walked and maneuvered her way around the bases, coming home on a wild pitch.
Hays scored on a wild pitch in the home half of the fourth, then Haury drilled a two-run home run to left field to equal the final tally.
Schang earned wins in both contests for the Indians. She surrendered five runs — one earned — on five hits while striking out 11 in game one. In the second game, she allowed just the one run on five hits with five strikeouts en route to the win.
Burget went 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs batted in and three runs scored in game one. Schang (2 for 3) drove in two runs while also scoring a pair.
Haury finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs scored in game two.
Wauseon (8-1), after a Northwest Ohio Athletic League game at Delta Monday, travels to Otsego on Tuesday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.