A seventh inning rally by the Waterford Lady Wildcats came up a few inches too short as they dropped a 4-3 Tri Valley Hocking Division decision Thursday night to the visiting Eastern Eagles.
The Lady 'Cats came into the seventh and final inning trailing the Eagles by three runs before scoring twice and leaving the tying run stranded at third base when Lakin Tolson's drive to left center field was tracked down by the Eastern defense to end the game.
"If that ball at the end gets down, we're tied up and maybe still playing," said Waterford head coach Doug Baldwin of the games final play. "We finally got the bats going in the last inning, it was just a little too late."
Eastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Tori Goble connected off of Waterford starting pitcher Laura Hill for a home run over the left field fence.
The Lady Wildcats got that run back in their half of the first when with one out Jayde Heiss doubled and came around to score on a single by senior catcher Hannah Offenberger.
Both Hill and Eastern starting pitcher Grace Edwards found their groove after the first inning and the score remained tied at 1-1 heading to the fifth.
EASTERN 5 WATERFORD 2
Eastern (16-3, 12-3) 000 014 0 5-5-1
Waterford (6-18, 5-9) 000 200 0 2-5-5
WP: Josh Shook IP, Brandon Coleman (Starter) 4 IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, Save: Joey Scowden 2IP, BB, 2K.
LP: Devyn Farley 5.2 IP, 2H, 4R, 0ER, 4BB.
Max Carnahan 2-4, 2RBI, 2B, Coleman 2-3, R, Christian Speelman 1-3, 2R, 3RBI, 2B.
Brent Ginther 1-2, Devon Patterson 1-3, R, Brian Moore 1-3, R, Dalton Shriver 1-3, 2RBI, Farley 1-3.
Next Game: Waterford at Belpre, today at 5 p.m.
WARREN 9, LOGAN 1
Warren 052 110 0 - 9 13 0
Logan 100 000 0 - 1 4 0
WP: Danny Pannell (6-2) IP 5, BB 4, SO 5
Garrett Kennedy IP 2
Warren (11-9) hitting: Gunnar 3-5; Lance Schafer 2-3, double, RBI; Blake Kidder 2-4, home run (2nd inning), 2 RBI; David Ryan 2-4, double, RBI; Ethan Estes 1-4, double, RBI; Zach McKenna 2-5, RBI
Next game: Portsmouth at Warren at 5 p.m. Monday
EASTERN 4 WATERFORD 3
Eastern (12-9) 100 012 0 4-5-0
Waterford (9-12) 100 000 2 3-8-2
WP: Grace Edwards 7 IP, 8H, 3ER, 8K.
LP: Laura Hill 7IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K.
Tori Goble 2-3, 2R, RBI, HR, Erin Swatzel 1-3, R, RBI, Amber Moodispaugh 1-3, Breanna Bailey 1-3.
Lakin Tolson 1-4, 2B, Jayde Heiss 1-3, R, 2B, Hill 1-3, 2B, Hannah Offenberger 1-3, RBI, Tori Pyatt 1-3, R, Cierra Heiss 1-3, R, Chelsey Streight 2-3, RBI, 2B.
Next Game: Waterford at Belpre today at 5 p.m.
The Lady Eagles turned a lead off error by the Wildcats in the fifth into an unearned run to take a 2-1 lead.
Eastern made it 4-1 in the sixth when Paige Cline walked and moved to second on a single by Groble.
Cline scored on a Waterford error and a single by Erin Swatzel scored Groble and gave Eastern their biggest lead of the game.
Tori Pyatt got the rally started in the seventh for Waterford with a single up the middle and one out later Cierra Heiss singled to bring the tying run to the plate.
Chelsey Streight followed with a two- base hit down the right field line to score both Pyatt and Heiss to make it a one run ball game.
Alana Heiss grounded out to first base with Streight moving to third to bring Tolson to the plate with a chance to plate the tying run.
Tolson drove the ball hard to left center field but unfortunately for the Lady Warriors the Eagles defense had her played perfectly and the ball fell into the glove of the Eastern left fielder to preserve the win.
Waterford slipped to 9-12 with the loss, while Eastern improved to 12-9 with the win.
Warren 10, Logan 4
LOGAN - Entering Thursday's Southeastern Ohio Athletic League softball finale, the visiting Warren Lady Warriors had already clinched the outright championship and the host Logan Lady Chiefs were already locked into last place.
So while nothing was on the line so far as the SEOAL race goes, the Lady Chiefs and Lady Warriors both wanted to have solid games to tune up for the beginning of tournament play next week? and, besides, these two arch-rivals almost always put on a show.
This show wasn't anything close to the 2-0 pitcher's duel from a few weeks ago at Warren, in which the Lady Warriors' Arrian Schetter threw a no-hitter; this one was a fireworks display.
The two teams combined for 22 hits and 14 runs, both teams had a player hit a home run over the fence, and there were three other balls that just missed being home runs as the Lady Warriors prevailed 10-4 at Lady Chiefs Field.
Following a pair of ringing singles off the bats of Schetter and Kaylee Higgins, the Lady Warriors' Katelyn Coffman, hitting out of the No. 8 slot in the order, played long-ball, drilling a home run over the fence in dead center field for a 3-0 Warren lead in the second inning.
Schetter, who finished 4-for-4 at the plate, added a run-scoring single in the third as the Lady Warriors took advantage of a Logan base-advance miscue that allowed Kendra Lynch to move into scoring position.
Then, in the fourth, the Lady Chiefs had that one bad inning that's jumped up and bit them several times this season.
Coffman singled and went to third on an outfield error by the Lady Chiefs. Natalie Knowlton then beat out a bunt, with Coffman holding third, but as Knowlton took a turn toward second base, the Lady Chiefs threw the ball into the outfield. Coffman scored easily and Knowlton circled the bases as well to make it 6-0 Warren.
Warren went down in 1-2-3 order in the top of the fifth, but not before Coffman just missed a second round-tripper. She hit a shot down the left-field line that cleared the fence and missed the foul pole by less than a foot.
Schetter came on to pitch in the top of the fifth and was greeted by Alyssa Zaayer's line-drive single to center field.
Faith Freeman walked and Morgan Robinette lined a single to center to load the bases, then a wild throw to the plate on an infield grounder allowed Zaayer to score.
Tess Daniel's pinch-hit, fielder's choice infield groundout produced another run, making it 9-3 with Logan runners on second and third, but Schetter retired the last two batters to escape the jam.
Knowlton singled home a run in the top of the seventh, a run the Lady Chiefs got back in the last of the inning when Beck singled and scored on a single to left-center field by Starlin - her third hit of the game - as Logan again placed runners on second and third. But again Schetter retired the final two batters, this time to end the game.
Higgins was the winning pitcher, giving up just one run and four hits in four innings, walking two and striking out five. Logan reached Schetter for four hits and three runs, with Schetter walking two and striking out two.
Warren tagged Freeman for 14 hits, with half of the Lady Warriors' 10 runs being unearned. Freeman whiffed two and walked one.
Eight of the nine Lady Warrior starters had at least one hit as Warren got 10 of its 14 hits from the bottom four slots in the batting order. Schetter's four singles led the way.
Coffman had her three-run homer and a single, Higgins and Knowlton both added two hits, and Murdock, Riley Benson, Lynch and Douglas all added a single.
The Logan Daily's Craig Dunn contributed to this story