Wildcat softball rallies for 8-5 win in Florida

Wayne State used a six-run fourth inning to rally from a 5-1 deficit and defeat Clarion (Pa.) 8-5 Sunday afternoon at the National Training Center Spring Games Softball Tournament in Clermont, Fla.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the second inning as Emily Chandler reached on a wild pitch and scored on a Kortney Buresh sacrifice fly to give Wayne State the early 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles struck for five runs in the third inning and took a 5-1 advantage, but Wayne State came back with a big inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth, scoring six runs on six hits and two Clarion errors. Key hits in the inning were an RBI double from Ashley Hernandez along with run-scoring singles from Morgan Vasa and Michaela Smith. 

The Wildcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Chandler's single to center field brought home Raquell Penke, who started the inning with a single. Freshman Makenna Adkison, who relieved starter Maddie Moser, shut the door on Clarion the rest of the game to give Wayne State the win.

Every Wayne State starter had at least one hit as the Wildcats finished with 14 hits. Penke led the hit parade, going 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored. Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double while Kamryn Sparks and Morgan Vasa each added two hits. Annie Grammer, Buresh, Kim Vidlak, Chander and Smith each had singles.

Adkison worked the final four innings in relief of Moser and gave up just two hits without a run to go with four strikeouts and one walk.

The Wildcats (3-5) play two more games on Monday at the NTC Spring Games in Florida, playing Malone University at 1:45 p.m. and Walsh (Ohio) at 4 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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