With a seventh-inning rally, Union ended Washington’s five-game winning streak on the softball diamond Thursday.
Trailing 2-1, the Lady’ Cats (3-3) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Lady Jays, 3-2.
Washington (5-2) won previous games Tuesday at home over Pacific 8-6 and Wednesday at Ft. Zumwalt East, 13-0.
The Lady ’Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take down Washington.
“It was a tough game to lose,” Washington Head Coach Phil King said. “We lost the game on an error with two outs, so it stinks to lose that way. Our pitching was there, we just didn’t make enough plays, especially in the seventh inning.”
Washington led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Union’s Megan Altemueller led off with a left field double and would score on a fielder’s choice by Sheena Carroll.
After holding Washington scoreless in the seventh, Union started off the inning with a pinch-hit single by Janna Ruether. Sam Wickes advanced Ruether to second on a sacrifice bunt.Ruether scored to tie the game on a two-out triple to right field by Shelby Miller. Kirsten Dierberg grounded to the shortstop, but the ball got by on an in-between bounce, and Miller scored to end the game.
“I thought it was our best game of the year and a result of a total team effort,” Union Head Coach Bill Juengel said.
Carroll pitched a complete game and earned the win. She gave up two runs on six hits.
“Sheena Carroll pitched a strong game,” Juengel said. “She located her pitches pretty well against a good-hitting Washington team. Sheena had a good defense playing behind her making some good plays throughout the game.”
Megan Freitag led Washington offensively with two RBIs on two hits. Courtney Kedroski went 1-3 with a double and scored a run. Kaelie Smith and MC Landolt each had a hit and Landolt scored a run.
“We were a little off-balance the first time through the lineup, but hit the ball hard after that,” King said. “Union made some nice defensive plays. They showed up ready to play.”
Katie Irwin was credited with the loss. She allowed three runs on four hits. Kayla Pilgram pitched the first three innings for the Lady Jays. She gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out four.
Miller went 1-3 with a triple, RBI and a walk. Carroll drove in one run. Altemueller was 1-3 with a double. Dierberg, Ruether and Jerica Reeser each had one hit. Kayla Kelley was 2-3 with one stolen base.
Washington held off Pacific Tuesday at Lakeview Park.
Pacific (1-4) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Washington responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and held on the rest of the way for a win.
The Lady Jays led 6-2 after three innings, 6-4 after four and 8-4 after five.
“We had a good offensive performance and our pitching was pretty good,” King said. “We struggled a little defensively and didn’t make some routine plays. When you score eight runs, you shouldn’t win by only one or two runs.”
Brooke Smith pitched the first four innings for the Lady Jays and earned the win. She allowed four runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Irwin tossed the final three frames. She allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
Marissa Tate pitched the entire game for Pacific. In six innings, she allowed eight runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.“
"Tate pitched a complete game and I was happy with her performance,” Pacific Head Coach Tonya Lewis said. “She was moving the ball around the strike zone better and that is what she is supposed to be working on. She is young, only a sophomore, so we are developing knowledge of pitching a complete game at the varsity level and she is making progress.”
Kedroski led Washington with three hits (one double and two triples), four RBIs and three runs. Kaelie Smith and MC Landolt both collected two hits and two runs.
Lilli Mantle finished with one hit and three RBIs. Megan Freitag drew a walk and scored. Madison LeClaire (one double) and Meagan Wakefield both had two hits for Pacific.
Alyssa Rowbottom, Amber Zurliene and Hunter Kelemen each added one hit. Kelemen and Tate both drew a walk.
Washington opened GAC Central play with a six-inning victory over Ft. Zumwalt East.
“The girls really showed up and buckled down in our first conference game,” King said. “Courtney threw a great game and our defense was solid. We had a 3-0 lead and exploded after that.”
Kedroski tossed a one-hit shutout for the win. She walked three and struck out four.
The Lady Jays continued their offensive outbreak with a 14-hit attack. Kedroski had another big game at the plate with three hits (single, double and home run), three RBIs and three runs.
“Courtney continued her tear,” King said. “She hit a home run that went at least 25 feet past the fence. She’s been on fire with the bat.”
Freitag collected two hits (one double), one walk, two RBIs and two runs.
Katie Trigg finished with two hits (one double), two runs and one RBI. Landolt registered two hits and two runs.
Smith added two hits (one double) and one run. Elanna Osthoff, Olivia Omer and Mantle each had one hit. Mantle added two RBIs, Osthoff had one RBI and one run, and Omer scored a run. Becca Daugherty had two RBIs and one run.
Union (2-3) struggled offensively and defensively in its 12-0 loss to Warrenton (4-1) Tuesday.
Warrenton scored three runs in the second inning, four in the third and five in the fourth.“
Warrenton has a good team that swings the bats well and scores runs,” Juengel said. “We knew that going in. We helped them out by committing some errors in the field. In addition, they got some good pitching and defense to back it up.”
Union had three errors in the game.Senior pitcher Kirsten Dierberg earned the loss. She pitched three innings and allowed 10 runs (five earned) on eight hits. She walked four batters and struck out one.
Ruether pitched one inning for the Lady ‘Cats. She gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits. She had one strikeout.
Union only had two hits in the loss. Jordan Thorpe and Shelby Miller each had a hit.