MOWRYSTOWN, Ohio — The 2016 softball season came to an end for the New Boston Glenwood Lady Tigers Monday evening, as they fell to the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats. Glenwood fell to Whiteoak by a score of 10-2 in a sectional semifinal round match-up between the two teams.
The seventh seeded Lady Wildcats played host to the 10th seeded Lady Tigers, with the winner advancing to the sectional finals to face the SOC I champs, the Clay Lady Panthers.
Each team was held scoreless after the completion of the first inning.
Whiteoak broke the stalemate as they brought in two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead over the visiting Lady Tigers.
Glenwood would respond in the top of the third inning though, as the Lady Tigers scored two runs of their own, tying the game 2-2.
The Lady Wildcats were blanked in the bottom half of the third inning and then prevented the Lady Tigers from breaking the tie in the top of the fourth.
As the game proceeded into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Wildcats broke the 2-2 tie by scoring another pair of runs in the inning taking a 4-2 lead.
After four full innings completed, Glenwood found themselves in another two-run deficit with only three innings left to play.
Whiteoak’s defense continued to stymie the Glenwood bats, as they held the Lady Tigers to three straight scoreless innings after taking the 4-2 lead.
As the Lady Wildcats fought off the Lady Tiger bats, the bats for Whiteoak came alive and increased the lead for the team from Mowrystown, Ohio. Whiteoak scored six more runs in the game, three in the fifth inning, followed by another three runs in the sixth, to complete the game and take the win over the Glenwood Lady Tigers 10-2.
Glenwood had six hits on the night against Whiteoak. Mariah Buckley and Kaylee Stone each finished the game with a pair of hits.
Buckley went 2-for-4 on the night, while Stone finished with a 2-for-2 performance. Stone scored one of the two Glenwood runs.
Cammy Oiler and Aimee Blankenship picked up a hit in the loss to Whiteoak. Oiler scored once in the game during her 1-for-3 night at the plate. Blankenship drove in both Glenwood runs in the third inning with a double. She went 1-for-3 in the game.
Glenwood sent two pitchers to the mound on Monday evening, ? Poole and Oiler.
Poole pitched four and one-third innings allowing six runs, all earned, off 10 hits. She walked six Whiteoak batters, while fanning two.
Oiler went to work for one and two-thirds innings allowing four runs, all of which were earned. She gave up three hits and walked five batters.
Glenwood will lose two seniors this year, Aimee Blankenship and Cammy Oiler. Oiler is a one-year player for Lady Tigers softball after transferring to Glenwood. Blankenship was a four-year player for Glenwood.
“We have a couple of seniors,” Glenwood softball coach Brian Holbrook said. “We hate to see them both go, to be honest. They were big contributors to the team this year. They were big parts of all of our wins this year. They were big on leadership skills and playing good, solid ball.”
Holbrook said the two, soon to be, graduates were helpful to the rest of the team both on and off the field and provided leadership to their teammates all season long.
“We hate to see them go because they were both excellent players,” Holbrook added.
Ending on a positive note
While the official season came to an end on Monday evening in Mowrystown, the Lady Tigers made up a game on Tuesday evening against their SOC I rival the Eastern Lady Eagles. Glenwood came away with a 6-2 win over Eastern.
“We were able to go out on a positive note,” Holbrook said. “It was a fun year. It wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, but we have made some improvements and are looking forward to a better season next year.”
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