By ROB HAMILTON
Highland picked up a big league win over Blue Division-leading Cardington on Friday by a 9-6 margin. The win moves the Scots to 6-2 in league play, while Cardington took their first conference loss to fall to 8-1.
The Pirates led 3-0 after the top of the first, but watched Highland score four in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Both teams scored once in the second inning, but the Scots used a three-run fourth to get a bit of breathing room they would not relinquish.
Megan Oder struck out five and walked two for Highland. She also hit a double. The Scots were led offensively by Harlee Steck, who finished with four hits, three being doubles.
Aubrey Clark pitched for the Pirates, walking two. Sam Brininger hit a pair of doubles, while Alyson Adams had one two-base hit. Also, both Khyla Jones and Summer Morgan had two hits in the contest.
That win came a day after the Scots suffered an 8-0 loss to Fredericktown. Oder struck out four and walked two in the contest, in which Highland was no-hit.
Mount Gilead Indians
After falling to Cardington Thursday, the Mount Gilead softball team lost 11-6 at home against Fredericktown. The Indians scored two in the first to take an early lead, but the Freddies came back to score four in the second and five in the third to take a commanding lead.
Raygan Walters had a home run and double for the Indians, while both Maddie Bell and Kendra Howard had multi-hit games.
The Indians did get back in the win column on Saturday, as the team split a doubleheader with Grove City Christian. The first game was a 12-2 loss in which Mount Gilead was held to five hits. Both Walters and Kierston Pangborn had a double and single, while Lyndsey Blevins added a double.
In the second game, an 11-10 win by the Indians, the outcome wasn’t determined until the bottom of the seventh frame.
After falling behind 3-0 after the top of the first, Mount Gilead scored two in the bottom of the inning, three in the second and two in the third to go in front by a 7-3 margin. However, they were outscored 5-2 over the next two innings to see their lead cut to a 9-8 margin.
In the sixth inning, GCC scored in the top of the frame to tie the score, but the Indians went back ahead with one run in their half of the inning. The visitors would tie the game again in the top of the seventh, but a bunt single by Mykaela Lupton drove in Emily Gravley for the winning run.
Rachael Groves picked up the win for the Indians, while Sarah Moodispaugh smacked three doubles in the contest. Howard also had a double, while both Gravley and Pangborn finished with multi-hit games.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.