W-MU softball scores 18, advances
DANVILLE — It was their best offensive effort of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Every batter in the Winfield-Mt. Union lineup had at least one hit, and the Wolves scored a season-high 18 runs in a five-inning regional softball victory over Danville on Monday night.
“We continued to push runs across each inning, and didn’t let them back in,” W-MU Coach Ayla Serrano said after the 18-8 victory, which advances the Wolves to the next round of the postseason tournament.
W-MU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, setting the tone for their night at the plate.
But Danville didn’t give in that easily.
The Bears plated one run of their own in the first and held W-MU scoreless in the second — their only scoreless frame. Danville then took a lead with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Down 6-3, the Wolves clawed back with six runs in the third and widened the gap with a seven-run fourth frame to go up 16-6. Meanwhile, they slowed down the Bears at the plate.
“We had to hit, and we did,” W-had to field, and we had our moments, but when it came down to it, we did a good job.”
The Wolves’ 10-run lead was enough to ensure the game would end early, but Danville put up one run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to nine.
Still, W-MU was determined to seal its win, knowing that the faster they could end the game, the better.
“A lead is never safe in softball,” Serrano said.
They scored two in the top of the fifth inning, and then went into the bottom of the frame knowing that they had to hold the hosts to no more than one run.
Danville did get one, and got another runner in scoring position before the Wolves recorded an out. But Darby Harris caught a fly ball in left field for the first out, Breon recorded a strikeout, and Harris caught another fly ball to end the game.
The Wolves recorded 18 hits on the night.
Sam Jamison was 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Kayla Coberly and Taylor Rodgers each had three hits, while Breon and Harris recorded two hits each.
The Wolves are now 6-17 on the season and advance to play WACO on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a first-round bye.
“I think we can get them,” Breon said. “Last time we were close, and I think we can get them.”
The Wolves have played and lost to WACO twice this season.
In the first game, which was on June 3, the Warriors claimed a 12-0 win.
W-MU fought back in the second game, giving up an early lead but then going back and forth with the Warriors in a game that ended 9-6 in WACO’s favor.
“After the last game, we really wanted to play them again,” Serrano said. “We’ll see on Wednesday if we’re ready.”
The regional contest begins at 7 p.m. in Wayland.
W-MU @ DANVILLE
W-MU 306 72 — 18
Danville 150 11 — 8
WP — Paige Breon
W-MU — Breon: 2-3, 2 BB, 4 runs. Kayla Coberly: 3-5, 3 runs. Sam Jamison: 4-5, 3 runs. Kara Wade: 1-4, BB. Taylor Rodgers: 3-3, BB, 2 runs. Nicole Escher: 1-1, 3 BB, 2 runs. Darby Harris: 2-3, SAC, run. Caitlin Jamison: 1-4, run. Sophie Kongable: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 runs.
Steals — Sam Jamison, Rodgers, Wade and Caitlin Jamison.