The Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Lady Hatchets defeated the Meridian Lady Hawks 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon.
With the Lady Hatchets up 6-0 going into the top of the seventh, the Lady Hawks were not going down without a fight. The Lady Hawks put five runs on the board in a comeback effort.
Kaelee Stockton for the Lady Hawks singled to start off the inning. Lady Hatchets pitcher Calla Roney hit the next batter and Jenna Jackson singled to bring in Stockton. A fielders choice moved the runners over and Audrey Wise hit a little dribbler in front of third base and short stop and reached first for the RBI infield single as both Lady Hatchets did not make a play.
Anna Enlow singled to center field and scored two runs and advanced to second base on the throw home. Megan Schlechte switched positions with Roney and her first batter grounded out. A couple pitches later, Lady Hatchets catcher Mackenzi Tabbert threw down to third to try and get Enlow out, but the ball went through the glove of Roney and and she scored on the error from Tabbert. Schlechte got the next batter to fly out to seal the 6-5 win.
"I was feeling pretty good. In the seventh, they had a couple of hits. A couple things didn't quite go my way and that is ok," Roney said. "I threw a lot of up today, I threw a lot of rise balls and fastballs and that is what kind of kept them off balance. They chased a little bit. Pretty good day in that aspect."
After she hit the batter, she said she felt a little rattled because she need that out.
"That could have been a huge out. I just tried to not let it bother me because we're up by that many runs and I knew I had some cushions and a god defense behind me," Roney said.
Head coach of the Lady Hatchets Craig Moffett said that sometimes that is how the game goes, teams come back.
"I thought Calla did a great job, threw six and a third and battled her tail off for us," Moffett said. "Very proud of Megan [Schlechte] coming in and getting the save and closing that out. Definitely the little things we got to work on there but the fact that we stayed together and got the job done, that is promising."
The Lady Hatchets had a 2-0 lead after three innings and opened up the game by adding three more runs in the fourth. The Lady Hatchets were hitting the ball and making good contact throughout the whole game.
"[Mackinzee] Reynolds hit one that was just crushed at the third baseman, I can't remember who it was, hit one at the short stop [it] was an absolute rocket. We had several balls that weren't hits, but were really hard hit balls," Moffett said. "I thought our approach was good, that is one of those where sometimes the score is deceiving. We ran the bases pretty well, we did bunt into a double play but other than that, I felt like we had good aggressive base running and good aggressive approach at the plate."