2010-05-09 / Sports

Lady Rams split with Hornets in neighborhood clash

TAGGED – Hornet runner Jennifer Birchmeier tries to make it home as Ram catcher Allison Wixson tags her just short of home plate. The teams split the double header, with the Montrose taking the first 15-1 and New Lothrop taking the second 10-9 (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). TAGGED – Hornet runner Jennifer Birchmeier tries to make it home as Ram catcher Allison Wixson tags her just short of home plate. The teams split the double header, with the Montrose taking the first 15-1 and New Lothrop taking the second 10-9 (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). NEW LOTHROP – The Montrose varsity softball gals were on their way to a sweep of host New Lothrop on Monday when a late game speed bump gave them a split instead.

The Lady Rams dominated in the opener, winning 15-1 in five innings. In the nightcap, the Rams led 9-3 before the Lady Hornets scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to gain a 10-9 win and the split.

?The seventh inning was a shocker for us because we played really well all the way until that last inning of the last game,” said Montrose coach Rod Studaker. “We made a couple of costly errors that gave them an opening, and give credit to New Lothrop because they took full advantage and came up with some big hits with the game on the line. Still, we played extremely well for 90 percent of the night, but unfortunately had the one bad inning that cost us Game Two.”

In that second game, Amanda Wixson, Jessica Palinsky, Casey Schneider and Sam Parks each had to hits as the Rams socked 12 hits.

The Hornets had 10 hits in the nightcap. Four of those came from Abby Colston, including a bases-loaded double in the seventh.

In the opener, Cassy Parks hurled the Rams to victory, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out three and walking none in three innings of work. Freshman Courtney Coxon pitched the final two innings, allowing one run and one walk while striking out two.

The Rams had 12 hits in the opener, led by Missy King with three and three RBI, and by Samantha Parks who also had three hits and three RBI. Kassidi Adams and Allison Wixson each had two hits.

Jennifer Birchmeier had the only two Hornet hits, a double and a triple.

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