Photos by Sean Hoxworth
In a back-yard brawl between West Holmes and Waynedale, it was the Lady Knights who escaped a tough battle with a 6-4 win over visiting Golden Bears Monday, April 10 at West Holmes High School.
While the Golden Bears grouped their runs in pairs, West Holmes picked away diligently, and finally tacked on a three-run fourth-inning to eke out a win.
“We were able to score in multiple innings and got out of several jams defensively,” said west Holmes coach Jaime Chenevey. “Olivia Ferguson did a nice job on the mound and scattered six hits over seven innings.”
West Holmes jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning when Maddie Woods singled to start the game, stole second base, advanced to third base on a ground ball and scored on Morgan Allen’s RBI single with two outs.
Waynedale took its only lead of the game in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Alli Reed drew a walk and Sydney Miller bunted her way on with a single. Lead-off hitter Madison Rowe then lashed a two-run double to the gap in left-center to give the Golden Bears a 2-1 advantage.
West Holmes came right back to even things up in the bottom of the inning off of Waynedale pitcher Megan Amstutz, who went the distance, allowing nine hits, walking none while striking out five.
Brooke Workman doubled to begin the inning, took third base on Jazz Knapp’s single and came home on an error to knot things at 2-2.
Ferguson was nearly perfect through the third and fourth, and in the bottom of the fourth inning the Lady Knights seized control. With one out Samantha Rogers singled, then with two outs Woods uncorked a triple to t eh wall in center. Callie Cline reached on an error that allowed Woods to score, and after stealing second she roared home on Natalie Martin’s ringing double to right-center.
Now leading 5-2, it was up to Ferguson and the defense to hold, but the Golden Bears would not go quietly. Ferguson overcame a couple of errors to record a key strikeout to end the fifth that left the bases full of Golden Bears.
Workman would tack on one big insurance run when she unleashed a bomb over the wall in left to give West Holmes a 6-2 edge. That was big because Waynedale then came in went to work in the sixth. A hit batter, a walk and an error loaded the bases, and Cara Keim and Amstutz belted run-scoring singles to draw Waynedale within 6-4. With the bases reloaded, Ferguson got Mallory Shoup to fly out to shallow left to end the threat.
Amstutz would get through the bottom of the sixth unscathed, giving her team one last shot. Keelin Lloyd reached on an error, but Ferguson got an easy pop-out off the bat of Amy St. John before Reed lined out to third to end the contest.
Workman was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Allen and Woods were both 2-for-3, while Waynedale was paced by Rowe’s two hits with a pair of RBI. The Golden Bears stranded 10 base runners as Ferguson continued to escape jams, while the Lady Knights stranded seven. It wasn’t exactly a clean game in the field, with Waynedale committing four miscues and West Holmes coughing up five errors.
With the win West Holmes is now 5-4 overall and 3-1 in Ohio Cardinal Conference play.