WATERFORD, Ohio — Making the most of extra chances.
The Wahama softball team opened league play in grand fashion Monday night following a 14-5 victory over host Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Washington County.
The Lady Falcons (4-4, 1-0 TVC Hocking) led wire-to-wire in the seven-inning affair as the guests stormed out to an early 8-0 advantage and never looked back.
The Red and White outhit the Lady Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) by a slim 12-10 overall margin, but the hosts committed seven of the game’s 11 total errors — and Wahama benefited from those extra mistakes.
The Lady Falcons produced three runs on three hits, a walk and an error in the opening frame, then plated five more scores on four hits, a walk and an error in the second inning — which led to an eight-run cushion through two complete.
Wahama took its first double-digit lead of the night in the fourth as two hits and two errors led to three runs and a commanding 11-0 lead, but Waterford countered with three runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth — making it an 11-3 contest.
The guests plated two more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh for a 14-3 edge, but the Lady Cats came up with two scores in the bottom of the seventh before ultimately running out of outs.
Wahama senior Cynthia Hendrick was dominant in picking up the complete-game decision, allowing four earned runs, 10 hits and also hit one batter while striking out eight in seven innings in the circle.
Waterford starter Emma Baldwin took the loss after surrendering 10 earned runs, 12 hits and three walks over seven frames while fanning two.
Ashtyn Russell led Wahama with three hits, four RBIs and four runs scored while also reaching safely on two errors, followed by Maddy VanMatre and Grace Haddox with two safeties apiece.
Hendrick, Hannah Rose, Hannah Billups, Taylor McGrew, Autumn Baker and Logan Eades also had a hit each for the victors.
Rose also scored four runs and Billups touched home plate three times. McGrew and VanMatre also knocked in three RBIs and two RBIs, respectively. The Lady Falcons left only five runners stranded on base.
Bailey Offenberger paced the Lady Cats with three hits and Neader chipped in two safeties. Gossett, Smitley, Denise Young, Madison Ohse, Madison Radabaugh and Olivia McCutcheon also had a hit each in the setback.
Gossett and Smitley each knocked in two runs and Ohse led the hosts with two runs scored.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.