DELPHOS – The Delphos Jefferson Lady Cats and the Van Wert Lady Cougar softball teams took advantage of a break in the weather to play a non-league game Monday afternoon. The Cougars scored 13 to open the contest and made it all but impossible for the Lady Cats to mount a comeback.
Mistakes on the mound and in the field plagued the Wildcats in the opening frame. Alexis Metz blasted a double to left field to start the game and Olivia Kline followed with a single and put the Cougars in a nice spot in the top of the first inning. The wheels fell off the bus for Jefferson as pitcher Ally Hasting walked the next batter and hit the following two.
An error by the infield and another hit batter gave Van Wert a 5-0 lead. The barrage continued when Reagan Priest hit a two RBI single to center field and blew the game wide open. The gap grew to 9-0 before Hasting was relieved by Audrey North, but that did little to slow the onslaught by Van Wert. They racked up four more runs in the inning with help from Katie Dickson and Katie Coplin, who each had a double, as the Cougars tallied 13 runs before North finished the frame with a strikeout.
The Wildcats got on the board in the bottom half of the second. Audrey North and Noel Warnament walked to open the inning and Kylie Gosset knocked a single to right field to load the bases for Jefferson. Jayla Rostorfer’s single brought in North, and Michelle Rode blasted one to center to score Noel Warnament and made it 13-2.
Van Wert tacked on three more in the top of the third. Lauren Moore scored on an error while a single by Coplin scored Laine Spoor and made it 15-2. Coplin later scored on yet another error by the Jefferson defense and gave the Cougars a 16-2 advantage.
Van Wert never took its foot off the pedal and scored four runs in the fourth inning and six in the fifth. Katie Dickson blasted a home run over the center field wall and put the nail in the coffin for the Lady Cats as the Cougars garnished a 26-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Despite being down by a considerable margin, Jefferson never gave up. Three walks and a hit batter led to a run for the Wildcats, but the damage was already done. The Cougars won in stylish fashion, 26-3.
Van Wert head coach Greg Steinecker was happy with the win.
“Jefferson’s starting pitcher struggled. She was behind the count a lot and that allowed us to go through our batting order. It’s a good start. We have been waiting to get out on the field. We had a scrimmage then a whole week off because of the weather so I’m very happy Jefferson gave us the opportunity to play and had the field ready.”