WACO gets comeback win
The WACO softball team trailed 10-6 after six innings. The Warriors had one more chance at the plate, and they made it count.
WACO needed to score four runs on its host, Winfield-Mt. Union, to stay alive — instead, the Warriors got six across the plate, which turned out to be exactly what they needed for a 12-11 win over the Wolves on
W-MU got one run in the bottom of the final frame, but that’s all the damage the Wolves would be able to do: with one out, WACO’s Kaylie Horak snagged a fly ball and threw it to third, where the Warriors caught a W-MU runner taking off too soon for a double play that ended the game.
WACO’s Kaitie Miles got the win on the mound; Olivia Fenton took the loss for
The Warriors took a lead in the game with a two-run first inning, but the Wolves scored one in the bottom of the first — on a home run by Sam Jamison — and added five more in the third for a 6-2
W-MU held on to that lead through most of the next three innings — they allowed WACO one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to tie the game, but the Wolves scored two in bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 10-6 edge going into the final frame.
But WACO never gave up.
The Warrior batters were patient in the final inning, taking walks from two different W-MU pitchers and coming up with hits when they needed them to take the lead.
And with a lead by the smallest possible margin, they focused in the field to get the last out and seal their first win of the season.
The Warriors move to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division.
W-MU is now 0-7 and 0-5 in the conference.
W-MU’s Sam Jamison went 2-for-4 in last night’s game, with a double to add to her solo shot in the first inning. She knocked in three runs on the
Kara Wade was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the
Karlie Wade and Caitlin Jamison each went 3-for-5 with two runs apiece, and Sophie Kongable was 2-for-4 with two runs of her own.
For WACO, Kat Adair — playing in her first varsity contest — went 3-for-5 in the game.
Jaelyn Unternahrer was 2-for-3; she also walked
The Warriors’ Cierra McArtor was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a walk.
On the mound for WACO, Miles allowed eight hits and seven earned runs. She walked three batters and sat down five on strikes — including three straight in the second
The Wolves will play at Iowa Mennonite School in Kalona tonight. They will host Lone Tree on Thursday and play again at home on Friday against Highland.
The Warriors play again Thursday when they host Wapello and Friday when they travel to play at Pekin in Packwood.