MCDERMOTT – Aggressive baserunning, stellar pitching, and defense allowed the Waverly Lady Tigers to defeat the Northwest Lady Mohawks 12-1 Tuesday afternoon in McDermott,
The win takes Waverly to 13-9 on the year and 7-5 in the league with just two games, both against South Webster, remaining on the conference slate for Waverly. The loss drops Northwest to 5-13 overall and 2-10 in the SOC II.
“We’ve been focusing on playing inning to inning,” Waverly head coach Scott Hayes said. “We try to win each inning and if you do win each inning it does adds up.”
Mariah Burton was excellent in the circle for Waverly. Burton, who went five innings in relief, struck out six Northwest batters while only allowing one hit and one walk on the evening. Hannah Robinson went the first two innings for the Lady Tigers, giving up a run on two hits and striking out three.
The Lady Tigers’ aggressiveness on the basepaths was evident from the start. After recording a leadoff single, Kalacia Doles was on first base when the Tigers executed a hit-and-run on a bunt. The batter was quickly gunned down at first, but Doles, who was moving all the way, rounded second and headed for third. The throw attempt to cut Doles down at third sailed over the third baseman’s head and allowed Doles to score.
Northwest answered with a run in the home half of the first inning. Laiken Rice laced a one-out double into right field and was brought home on an Addison Newman single to knot the game at one.
In the second frame, however, the Lady Tigers added three runs in taking the lead for good. Hailey Robinson doubled in Hannah Robinson, and Shaylee Heistad followed by singling in Hailey Robinson. Doles then recorded a RBI single to score Heistad as Waverly took a 4-1 advantage following the second frame of play.
In the third inning, the Lady Tigers added another pair of runs. Jessa Evans was hit by a pitch, and her courtesy runner, Shawna Liming, advanced to third on a Hannah Robinson double and scored on a wild pitch. Moments later, Robinson crossed the dish via a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kirsten Blair as Waverly took a 6-1 lead.
The Lady Tigers added two more in the fifth inning with Blair and Heistad picking up RBIs on their base knocks. Burton tripled and scored in the sixth, and Waverly capped off the performance by scoring three runs in the seventh inning, with Doles notching a RBI.
“We did a good job being aggressive on the basepaths, we were patient at the plate, we played solid defense, and we pitched well,” Hayes said. “When you get all those factors to go your way, you’re usually on the winning side of things.”