HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne softball team collected 14 hits during a 12-3 victory Monday over visiting Springfield.
Knotted at 3-3 after three innings, the Warriors broke the game open with an 8-run fourth inning for an 11-3 lead. Six hits, two walks and a Wildcat error gave the Warriors their best one-inning offensive surge of the season.
Their hit parade was paced by second baseman Sam Boyer, a perfect 4-4 performance and two RBIs. Morgan Santos and Marissa Norgrove had three hits and two RBIs each.
Warrior coach John Chesley, now in his seventh season, gave credit to his fielders as well as his hitters.
“The girls played solid defense and our bats really came alive in the fourth,” Chesley said.
He also liked what he saw of pitcher Beth Willis. “Beth had good control and she kept the Springfield hitters off balance,” he said. “She’s a senior and a real leader for us.”
Willis, a 6-foot power right-hander, fanned five batters and limited the Wildcats to just three hits. “I mixed my pitches with curves, screwballs and change-ups,” Willie said.
A Warrior varsity player for four years, Willis plans to continue her softball career at the next level. After her high school graduation, she will pitch at Cuyahoga Community College located in Parma, Ohio.
Her immediate concern, she said, is the Warrior softball team, which stands at 5-7 for season and 2-2 in division play. She hopes the team’s dominance over Springfield will serve as a springboard for the second half of the regular season, including subsequent tournament play.
The Warriors host the Fairmont Firebirds on Monday.
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