By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor It was a roller coaster Saturday for the Wright City softball team. The third-seeded Wildcats won two of three games at the South Callaway Tournament, …
Big inning lifts Wright City softball to third
By Tim SchmidtRecord Managing EditorIt was a roller coaster Saturday for the Wright City softball team.The third-seeded Wildcats won two of three games at the South Callaway Tournament, capitalizing on big innings in both of the victories to fight their way to the third-place crown.They opened with a thrilling 6-5 win over St. Elizabeth in the tourney’s first round, and followed with a 12-2 loss to Eugene and 7-6 victory against New Bloomfield.“To bounce back after a poor second game was really good for the team,” Head Coach Fred Ross said. “The kids were upbeat. They worked this weekend.”Wright City is now 10-7 overall heading into the final week of the regular season. The Wildcats close out the regular season with three road games this week, including Thursday’s contest at Wellsville. They will play in the Eastern Missouri Conference Tournament this Saturday at Montgomery County.The district tourney is scheduled to start Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Wright City. The fourth-seeded Wildcats will open the postseason against fifth-seeded Trinity at 4:30 p.m.Ross said the three-game set at South Callaway allowed his squad to be tested.“I like to see some different teams, some different types of ball, some different players,” he said. “It’s really a good tournament to see some different teams. It was a good little warm-up. It was good competition.”In the third-place game, Wright City strung together five consecutive hits and erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit.Jada Hunter and Leah Vossen each had RBI hits in the fourth. Vossen added another RBI hit in the fifth which proved to score the eventual winning run.“The second time through order, we started staying off that high ball and looking for something to drive,” Ross said. “Everybody was making contact.”Macy Evans and Vossen each had multiple hits in the game. Evans also scored two runs.Pitcher Madelyn Webb picked up her second win of the tourney in the complete-game effort. She allowed 10 hits, but none went for extra bases as she struck out one and walked one.In the tournament opener, Wright City was down to its final out when timely hits and multiple errors led to a thrilling seventh-inning rally.Brooke Vossen hit a double to tie the score at 5-5 and Evans followed with a game-winning double in the walk-off. Five straight players reached base with two outs.Savannah Bridges had multiple hits in the win.Evans earned the win on the mound. Only two of the five runs allowed were earned. She gave up five hits, while striking out two and walking four.The Wildcats appeared to have the game in hand, until St. Elizabeth took advantage of three errors in the top of the seventh to score four.In the five-inning semifinal loss to Eugene, Wright City jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning thanks to RBIs from Leah Vossen and Evans, but the offense went quiet the rest of the way.Brooke Vossen suffered the loss. She struck out one in five innings.South Callaway, the tournament’s fourth seed, beat second-seeded Eugene 1-0 in the championship game.
Wright City’s Jada Hunter, shown hitting in an earlier game this season, had a key run-scoring hit in Saturday’s third-place game. Record photo.