Opportunistic Tigers edge Wooster, 3-2
An opportunistic Douglas High softball team made the most of its eight hits Saturday to post a 3-2 Northern Division I victory at home against Wooster.
Two-out RBI hits delivered by Katie Chieffo, Corryne Diaz and Allison Meyer gave Douglas (8-2-1 overall, 6-0 league) its three runs and Kali Sargent pitched a complete game three-hitter to secure the win.
“This was another well played game by both teams,” said coach Rob Parks, whose Tigers pulled out a 1-0 win at Wooster on Thursday.
“We didn’t collect many hits but the ones we got did the job. Corry, Allison and Katie’s hits were run-scoring hits with two outs; that is some pretty clutch hitting by all three of them.”
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Kaitlyn Bowman hit a leadoff single. Pinch runner Layne Waggoner scored when Diaz slammed a two-out double and Meyer followed with a single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Wooster scored once in the top of the fourth, only to see Douglas answer with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Makayla Shaver singled with two outs and Kaitlyn Bowman walked Makayla to put runners on first and second. Next up, Chieffo lined a single to center, scoring Shaver to give the Tigers what proved to be their decisive third run.
Sargent allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits to go with 10 strikeouts and two walks. The junior right-hander, who pitched a six-hit shutout on Thursday, is now 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA this season.
“Kali pitched another gem,” Parks said. “Kali’s rise pitch was working well, as many Wooster batters went down swinging at the high strike.”
Morgan Gunnell also made some important plays at third base to help out the defense, the coach added.
Meanwhile, McKinsey Hill turned in a solid pitching performance over six innings for the Colts, as the senior allowed eight hits (the Tigers are hitting .313 as a team for the season) to go with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Diaz hit 2-for-2 and Chieffo 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers offensively.
The Tigers travel to Reno Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. league contest against Bishop Manogue.
“The schedule gets tougher from here so we are going to need a much more balanced attack on offense,” Parks said. “One of these games we are going to break out and everyone is going to hit. When that happens, we are going to put up some good numbers.”