Seventh Inning Rally Sends Cubs To Akron

  • 5/27/2017 7:18:01 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

KENT, OH-  Down to their final at bat and strike the Lucas softball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Vienna Mathews in come from behind fashion by a final of 5-4 earning the program's first ever regional championship. 

After the first two innings were scoreless the Mathews Mustangs would get on the board first with two runs.  After a strikeout, junior center fielder Bailey Hall tripled with one out.  That brought up senior shortstop Paige Sponsler who brought in the game's first run with a base hit 1-0, Mathews.  Then, with Sponsler on base junior catcher, Alivia Oulton smacked an RBI single making it 2-0 Mustangs after two and a half innings.

The Mustangs would tack on another run in the top of the fourth.  With one out and a runner on base, junior second baseman Emily Derkach came through with an RBI giving the Mustangs a 3-0 cushion going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the Cubs were being one hit by Mathews pitcher Nicole Watts.  But that would change in the bottom of the fifth.  

Down 3-0, after Courtney Harris reached on an error and Erica Westfield came up with a base hit, Alex Depue would put the Cubs on the board with an RBI groundout making it 3-1 Mathews.  Then the Cubs would tie the score with an RBI double by Alex Depue and after five innings it was three all.

The Mustangs would take the lead right back in the top of the sixth inning.  With two outs Derkach hit a double into right field that was misplayed and was turned into a triple.  Now with a runner in scoring position, senior third baseman Maitlyn Simon came through with a base hit RBI single and Mathews was back on top 4-3 after five and a half innings.

After the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh were scoreless, Lucas had their final at bat trailing by a run.  Taylor Carper would strike out to start the inning, then with one out Alex Depue would reach on an infield hit, then steal second. With one out Frankie Depue came up with a base hit to put two runners in scoring position.  Then Watts struck out Morgan Spitler, two outs, runners still at second and third.  That brought up Anna Westfield and with the count at 0-2, Westfield smacked a single to tie the game at 4 and bring the winning run to third.  That brought up junior first baseman Liz Yirga who hit the first pitch she saw from Watts to left driving in the game-winning run and sending the Cubs to their first ever final four appearance in Akron by a final of 5-4.

Now at 22-6, the regional champion Cubs will play next Thursday, June 1st. at 3 pm at Akron's Firestone Stadium against second ranked 28-1 Danville in the Division IV state semifinal.  The Blue Devils beat 8th ranked Fairfield 7-1 to win their regional at Pickerington. 


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