St. Marys’ 3-1 softball win over Bath on Tuesday looked a lot like the other meeting between the two teams the last two seasons.
Close. Well pitched. Impactful.
A year ago Bath won 1-0 in eight innings in the regular season, which was a big step toward a Western Buckeye League championship for the Wildkittens. Then, in a district semifinal, the Roughriders came away with a 4-3 win.
St. Marys’ senior pitcher Karsyn McGlothen limited Bath to a bunt single in the first six innings before the Wildkittens scored on a hit and an error in the bottom of the seventh on Tuesday. McGlothen allowed two hits and struck out nine batters after having 18, 13, 17 and 10 strikeouts in St. Marys’ four most recent games.
Bath’s Dylan Grigsby allowed three runs and six hits, struck out nine and walked two in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams. St. Marys is 6-1 overall. Bath is 2-3.
“To have Bath in our first league game was a nice, fun challenge.We started off with a “W” and played hard all game. We know they were going to compete all game. We’re very happy,” St. Marys coach Kendra Solomon said.
“Having our battery back, with our pitcher and catcher is obviously huge. We have an outfielder and an infielder who are back. That brings some confidence. They know what they’re doing. We had some strong seniors last year but we’ve had some young ones and some new ones that have really stepped up and stepped up early.
“We had some good (defensive) plays. We had a couple little errors that could have been big moments but we kept our head and moved on,” she said.
Bath coach Britt Lauck said, “She (McGlothen) is an amazing pitcher. We prepared the best we could from a hitting standpoint. We started to kind of find some confidence and make some contact but it was too late.
“That has kind of been a theme for us five games in. We can’t wait until it’s too late to start being us and start showing confidence. That’s something we’re trying to work through.
“Dylan pitched awesome. She did a great job. We’re doing a pretty good job defensively behind her. We’ve just got to put the bat on the ball. We just have to jump on it and be aggressive and help ourselves out a little bit,” she said.
St. Marys took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Cadence Hirschfeld doubled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Hirschfeld and scored on a wild pitch.
The Roughriders got two more runs in the sixth inning on RBI doubles by Elly Henning and McGlothen.
Bath sent six batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and scored its only run of the game. A leadoff hit by Grigsby and a throwing error produced the Wildkittens’ only run.
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