KETTERING — Wayne posted a 4-2 victory Monday at home over Fairmont but lost the second game in the series 3-2 on Tuesday at Fairmont.
With the win Fairmont improves to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in conference while Wayne falls to 9-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Wayne remains in first place by a few percentage points in the National East despite splitting the series.
The difference in the game Tuesday came in the bottom of the 5th inning. With the game tied 2-2 Caitlin Wilson blasted a lead-off home run to center field to make it a 3-2 game and Wayne never recovered.
Fairmont took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the 4th inning when Rebecca Johnson hit a lead-off single and Caitlin Wilson singled between third and short. After Wayne pitcher Marissa Norgrove struck out the next two hitters Maddie Jones belted a single to score Johnson.
Wayne rallied with two runs in the top of the 4th inning. Skylar Edwards singled to center and Breanna Musick followed with a single up the middle to advance Edwards to second. After a fly out to center Marissa Philpott got an infield hit that brought both runners home.
Fairmont tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Shelbi Tharps hit a lead-off single and with two outs scored on a Wayne fielding error. Wilson’s solo homer was the difference maker.
“That loss right there, you basically gave them two games,” said Wayne Coach John Chesley. “When you lose one you can give them two games and more than likely this loss is the one that is going to come back and bite us. We didn’t come to play. We probably left nine runners on base minimum. You can’t do that in this league.”
The Lady Warriors play at Centerville (5-12) on Wednesday, host Springboro (13-7) on Thursday and then play a doubleheader at West Carrollton (3-16) on Saturday.