Prep softball: SWU rallies to beat Worthington
OKABENA — Early in the 2014 high school girls softball season, the Worthington Trojans are discovering one thing for sure: They can hit.
The rest of their game still needs work.
As for the Southwestern United Wildcats, they have discovered they know how to make comebacks. SWU scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday for a come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Worthington. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was very effective.
Down 9-6, the Wildcats got the rally started on a defensive error. A bloop single and a walk loaded the bases. A couple more errors and a couple of outs later, SWU’s Mariah Crowell delivered a single to score the winning run.
Worthington out-hit the home team 17-9 but fell to 1-2 with the setback.
“I think we definitely proved in the last three games we have a very good hitting team,” said Worthington head coach Josh Wasmund. “Overall we pitched pretty good. We just couldn’t get out of jams. That’s what hurt us.”
For Trojans collected two hits or more. Paige Kinley went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Brooke Henning went 3-for-4. Rebecca Linder was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Miranda Le Brun was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Megan Haberman had three hits and two RBI for SWU.
Crowell started in the pitcher’s circle for the Wildcats but the victory went to Ida Rogers-Ferguson, who toiled the final two innings in relief.
Allie Bruns started for Worthington and Carly Byrne also saw pitching duty. Kinley hurled the final one-third of the seventh and took the loss.
Both teams scored four times in the first inning, but Worthington assumed a 7-4 lead in the fourth.
R H E
Worthington 420 102 0 — 9 17 3
SWU 400 200 4 — 10 9 1