WACO tops W-MU in conference clash
WINFIELD — The WACO softball team got hits when it needed them for a 9-6 win over their Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division rival Winfield-Mt. Union on Wednesday night.
The game was originally scheduled for Monday night, but rain forced the teams to postpone it until Wednesday.
Last night’s matchup was more competitive than the first game of the season between the SEISC North rivals, which was in in Wayland on June 3. The Warriors won that contest by a score of 12-0.
“We know we can play with other teams,” W-MU Coach Ayla Serrano said, noting that the Wolves have been improving all season. “The scores we’ve had (in earlier games) don’t reflect how we can play.”
WACO still managed to take a lead early in the game with a four-run first inning — and they never gave it up, but W-MU didn’t let the Warriors get too far.
A two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth frame helped W-MU come within one at 6-5. The Wolves were aggressive on the bases as they closed the gap against WACO.
“I think that (speed) is one of our strong points, and we’re really trying to get the most out of our strengths,” Serrano said.
WACO pitcher Sara Conwell shut down the hosts in the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning, however, as the Warriors came back with three runs in the last two innings to cement their lead.
The Warriors had six hits on the night and took advantage of a few W-MU fielding errors. Mayme Hihn went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead WACO at the plate. Sara Conwell had a double, and Jaelyn Unternahrer stole three bases.
“We did a better job hitting — we really worked on it before we came here. We got the ball in play and moved runners up,” WACO Coach Shannon Rugg said.
The Wolves’ final run of the night came in the bottom of the seventh, when Paige Breon walked, stole second, went to third on Karlie Wade’s groundout and then stole home. Breon finished the game going 2-for-3 with a walk and she stole three bases.
Sam Jamison also had a pair of hits for W-MU.
The Wolves are now 4-14 on the season and 2-13 in the SEISC North. They host Lone Tree tonight (Thursday), starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
The Warriors are now 8-13 overall and 5-9 in the SEISC North. They return home tonight to host Wapello, starting with varsity matchup at 5:30 p.m.
WMU vs. WACO
WACO 410 101 2 — 9
W-MU 120 020 1 — 6
WP — Sara Conwell
LP — Kayla Coberly
W-MU — Paige Breon: 2-3, BB, 3 runs. Karlie Wade: 1-4, run. Sam Jamison: 2-3, BB, run. Taylor Rodgers: 1-3. Ashley Kruse: 0-2, BB. Sophie Kongable: 0-2, BB, run. Steals — Breon (3), Jamison.
WACO — Jaelyn Unternahrer: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 runs. Libby Skriver: 0-0, 3 runs. Morgan Dugger: 0-4, BB, 2 runs. Mayme Hihn: 2-3, BB. Hannah Black: 1-4. Cierra McArtor: 1-4, run. Leah McElhinney: 0-3, BB, run. Conwell: 1-3, 2B, BB. Steals — Unternahrer (3), Dugger (2) and McElhinney.