By Roger Thomas Courier correspondent
---- — MORAVIA —The Cardinal Comets softball team led Moravia 9-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. Then, the Mohawks sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored five runs on six hits. The game ended with Moravia runners stranded on first and second.
The Comets' 9-6 win in non-conference action improved their record to 13-8. Meanwhile, Moravia fell to 8-9.
The Mohawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A two-out triple by Katelynn Tracy and an error by the Comets led to the run.
"Some of our kids were playing their third game of the day," said Cardinal coach Jerald Harter. "That probably contributed to our slow start."
Cardinal quickly tied it in the second on a solo home run by Alexis Adam.
"I've been hitting OK lately, but that's my first home run of the season," said Adam. "I just looked for my pitch."
Two innings later, Adam gave the Comets the lead with an RBI single. Even though the Mohawks had at least one base runner in each of the next four innings, they failed to score against Comet starting pitcher Delaney Ridgway, who used an assortment of off-speed
pitches to handle most of the Moravia line-up.
"Delaney's (Ridgway) pitches have some movement," added Harter.
The Comets took control of the game with a four-run fifth. Ridgway drew a bases loaded walk to score a run and then another of the Comets youngsters, Lindsey Davis, singled to right field to score two more. The final run scored on the Mohawks sole error of the game.
"We have made real improvement on defense," said Moravia coach Jared Power.
The Comets added the three runs they needed to win in the seventh. Lindsay Moore led off with a double and scored on Ridgway's RBI single. Davis followed with a single, her second hit of the night.
"I just tried to adjust at the plate," said Davis. "She was moving the ball inside and outside."
The final two runs scored on Lexi Fullencamp's double to right center. Moravia mounted its furious comeback with two outs. Abby Wilson had her second hit of the night and Autumn McDanel delivered her third to start the rally. Then Tracy's second hit of the game drove in a run and, two batters later, Hannah Eastlick drove in two more runs with a triple. Nicole Self followed with her second hit, an RBI single. That ended the scoring for the Mohawks, who fell three runs three runs short of their opponents, 9-6.
Power talked about his team getting six of their 11 hits in the final inning.
"I think we made some good adjustments at the plate," he said. "We told the girls that we need that from them earlier in the game."
Moravia travelled to Moulton-Udell for its big rivalry game Thursday, while Cardinal played host to the imposing Falcons from West Burlington-Notre Dame.
Cardinal 9, Moravia 6
Car 010 140 3 — 9 9 5
Mor 100 000 5 — 6 11 1
Cardinal battery — Ridgway (WP) (7IP, 11H, 6R, 2ER, 7K, 2BB), Moore catching.
2B — Moore, Fullenkamp.
3B — none.
HR — Adam.
Hits —Carlie Bennett 1-for-4, Moore 1-for-3, Ridgway 1-for-3, Davis 2-for-3, Adam 2-for-3, Fullenkamp 1-for-4, Schyler Conger 1-for-4.
RBI — Ridgway 2, Davis 2, Adam 2, Fullenkamp 2. Runs — Bennett, Danae Moses, Moore 2, Ridgway 2, Davis, Adam, Conger.
Moravia battery — McDanel (LP) (7IP, 9H, 9R, 8ER, 7K, 4BB), Wilson catching.
2B — Wilson, McDanel.
3B — Tracy, Eastlick.
HR — none.
Hits — Wilson 2-for-4, McDanel 3-for-4, Tracy 2-for-4, Sam Williams 1-for-3, Eastlick 1-for-4, Self 2-for-4.
RBI — Tracy, Eastlick 2, Self. Runs — Wilson, McDanel, Tracy 2, Williams, Eastlick.