Westerville Central scores in bottom of 7th to stun Jackets
COLUMBUS — In a monumental tussle of pitching, Saturday’s Division I Regional final softball game came down to the final pitch.
Westerville Central got a walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Mount Vernon, 3-2, and advance to the state tournament this week.
The game had been a battle of pitching as neither team was able to get much going offensively.
Mount Vernon’s Macee Marcum and Hope Straight held the Warhawks in check, allowing just five hits on the day. Meanwhile, Westerville Central pitcher Emily Ruck was having similar success, giving up just three hits to the Yellow Jackets (23-1).
Ruck was especially dominant early in the game as Mount Vernon got just one batter on base in the first five innings — Marcum via a walk. The Ohio State signee had 10 strike outs and didn’t give up a hit until Brooke Radermacher took her deep to left field in the top of the sixth inning.
Radermacher’s homer brought the Jackets to life and they were able to add another run to knot the game at two. Carlena Fiorilli followed Radermacher’s home run with a bunt single. She advanced to third on the play when Ruck’s throw to first sailed all the way to the right field corner.
Megan Pentz was then able to bring her home with a one-out groundout to the shortstop.
The Warhawks had scored one run in the second inning when Lexi Recinella smacked a home run to left field off Marcum.
WC added another run in the fifth, but not before a great double play by the Jackets thwarted what could have been a huge inning.
After Straight walked Kylie Collins and gave up a single to Cami Compson, the Jackets turned a 4-3-2 double play that ended with a bang-bang play at the plate. MV catcher Bryn Elliott was able to gather the throw from first baseman Mollie Pentz and tag out Collins at the plate.
The Warhawks still had Compson on third and Danielle Ingram delivered a run-scoring single that put them up 2-0.
After tying the game at 2 in the sixth, Mount Vernon had an opportunity to take the lead in the seventh.
Elliott bunted her way on to first and then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. But, Ruck was able to get out of the inning, setting up the Warhawks’ final hurrah.
Emily O’Dee led off the bottom of the seventh for the Warhawks with an infield single. Straight was able get a pop up on a sacrifice bunt attempt and then a flyout to right field to slow down the Warhawks. But, that’s when Avrey Schumacher was able to deliver a liner in the right-center field gap that scored O’Dee from first and sent the Warhawks into a frenzy.
Mount Vernon coach Mike Marcum was unavailable for comment after the game.
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