By ROB HAMILTON
Mount Gilead’s week in softball opened with a 4-2 loss to Centerburg Wednesday. The Indians led 1-0 after the first inning, but gave up two runs in both the third and fifth frames to fall in a hole. They were able to score once in the bottom of the fifth, but could not complete the comeback in the home contest. Raygan Walters and Kierston Pangborn both had doubles for the Indians. Both Walters and Maddie Bell added multiple hits in the game. Rachael Groves struck out four in pitching a seven-hitter in suffering the loss.
The Indians were able to rebound the next day, though, as they edged Fredericktown 10-9 in an eight-inning road game. Mount Gilead erased a 5-1 deficit with a six-run fourth inning. Then, leading 9-6 entering the seventh, the Freddies put up three runs to tie things up. Mount Gilead fought back to score one in the first extra frame and then held on to that lead through a tense bottom of the eighth. The win is the team’s third on the season, as they’ve already matched last year’s total. Groves struck out two and walked the same number in picking up the win. Mount Gilead finished with 12 hits. Walters, Pangborn and Bell all had multiple-hit games, while Walters smacked a double.
On Saturday, Mount Gilead was swept by Ridgemont in a doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 6-3.
In the first game, the Indians gave up three runs in the third inning to fall by two. Walters had a double and single to pace the team offensively.
The second game was close until the final inning, when the Gophers scored two to pull away, but the Indians were never able to take the lead. It was tied 1-1 after the opening frame, but Ridgemont scored once in the third and twice in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Mount Gilead put up two in the bottom of that inning to get back within one, but wasn’t able to score again.
Walters hit a home run for Mount Gilead, while Kendra Howard mustered a pair of hits.
On Wednesday, the Highland softball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Cardington, where the Pirates scored once in each of the first three innings, despite only recording three hits in the game.
Brooke Snyder picked up the win for the Pirates, striking out one and walking one. For the Scots, Hailey Moore had two of the team’s five hits. Megan Oder struck out three and walked one in handling the mound duties.
Highland rebounded on Friday to top Centerburg 6-4. Trailing 2-1 after three innings, the Scots got three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take the lead. Despite giving up a pair of tallies in the seventh inning, Highland was able to claim the win.
Oder struck out five, while walking one and scattering eight hits, to earn the win. Mikayla Robinson had a double and single, while Hailey Moore cracked a three-run homer. Carley Gahm added a double in the game.
Saturday saw the Scots get swept by Loudonville in a doubleheader to drop them to 5-7 overall, but still 4-1 in league play. In the first game, which Loudonville took 18-1, the Scots were hurt by committing five errors. Moore suffered the loss, giving up 13 hits and nine walks, while striking out six and hitting one batter. Robinson had two hits in the game for Highland, who had five as a team.
The second game was more competitive. After falling behind 4-1, the Scots got three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead. With the score 6-5, Loudonville scored three in the sixth to take the lead, but Highland responded with two during their half of that inning to tie things up. However, their opponents tallied three more in the seventh and the Scots were unable to answer in an 11-8 loss.
Highland committed six errors in the loss. Oder handled the pitching duties, giving up 12 hits while striking out and walking two batters.
Robinson had three hits for Highland, while Oder, Moore, Harlee Steck and Hannah Coffee all had two.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.