Titans storm back, win sixth straight
Taylor’s softball team trailed Peru 6-0 through five innings Tuesday night before the Titans erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to score an 8-6 victory.
Rachel Hafley picked up the win for Taylor (10-10, 2-3 MIC), throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief with seven hits, one walk, one run (earned) and one strikeout.
Ashley Fritsch got Taylor’s offense rolling with a single in the sixth and the Titans piled up eight hits in the decisive inning.
McKenna Deckard and Fritsch led the Taylor attack with 3-for-4 nights. Each had three singles, and Deckard added two runs batted in. Savannah Delgado doubled, singled and plated two runs, Hafley had two singles, Emma Williams had a double and a single, and Lydia Owens hit a two-run double.
Taylor finished with 16 hits in notching its sixth straight win.
“Once we got the start, everybody just followed,” Taylor coach April Johnston said. Everybody came through when they needed to and got hits when we needed to. If we had been in that position in the first five games of the year, we’d be done. The last five games, everybody’s bought into what we’ve been preaching all year.”
Eastern beats Cass, still perfect in MIC
WALTON — Eastern’s softball team put three runs up in the first inning and went on to post a 7-0 victory at Cass on Tuesday.
Abby Oyler threw a three-hitter for Class 2A No. 5-ranked Eastern (16-4, 5-0) with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Maddie Vint got the offense moving with a two-out RBI single in the first, and Quinlyn Hochstedler followed with a two-run single for Eastern’s quick lead.
Abby Oyler had a single and a double, Lizzy Mavrick doubled, and Vint singled twice.
“Abby really kept them off the bases, and once you got that three-run lead in the first inning, she just coasted with the 10 strikeouts,” Eastern coach Jerry Haines said. “Strong night from her and we had some timely hitting from a lot of players that got us the seven.”