FLORA -- After the dust finally settled in the bottom of the second inning, Effingham found itself on the wrong side of an 8-4 ballgame. The Lady Hearts surrendered six runs in the frame off seven hits and a pair of untimely errors. Rather than letting that ugly inning decide the game, however, Effingham called upon the arm of Deedra Myers to help turn the tide.
Myers was fantastic in the first game of the season, allowing just two hits, and more importantly no Flora runs, during the final five innings of the game. With Myers holding down the mound, the Lady Hearts continued to chip away at the plate, coming away with a dramatic, 10-8 come-from-behind win over the Wolfgals (0-6).
"We basically gave them six of those eight runs," Flaming Hearts' coach Jerry Trigg said. "So we brought Deedra in, and she pitched really well."
Offensively, Effingham came out of the gates with their bats plenty full of juice, as Alexis Osborn's two-run shot over the left field wall capped a three-run first inning. Effingham added a run in the second with Courtney White's RBI single, but the 4-2 Hearts' lead would be short lived.
The Wolfgals used an opportunistic offense to take control in the second inning. With two outs and a runner on first, Flora tallied six runs before the inning was over. Already tied at four after a pair of Wolfgal runs, Effingham's defense suffered from back-to-back miscues that allowed four more runners to cross home plate.
"We had a couple of throwing errors," Trigg said. "Mistakes on where to throw the ball and when to throw it. It got away from us, and it seems like when you start throwing it around, the runners always score."
Flora's Lexi Hensley hit a groundball to third, but Brandy Pontious' throw to first was off the mark to allow two runs. One batter later, Katy Glassford connected on a bunt that looked to be the last out of the inning, but Effingham starting pitcher Kourtney Utz was late and outside with her throw as two more runs were added to the scoreboard and Flora led 8-4.