Thursday’s SEISC North Division battle between Winfield-Mt. Union and Columbus looked much different than the Wolves’ 10-0 shutout in May. The Wildcats put up a fight against the heavily-favored Wolves, but W-MU still came out on top, 10-5.
After a quick top of the first, W-MU put two on the board in the bottom of the inning. Carlee Sloan came around to score on an error and Madie Anderson made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Anderson got into some trouble in the second inning when three walks led to a bases-loaded no-out situation for Columbus. After two strikeouts, a Lela Fort two-RBI single brought two Wildcats home. Anderson wiggled out of the jam with just two runs given up, however, and it was 2-2 in the middle of the second inning.
The W-MU offense made Columbus pay when they got back up to bat. Sloan knocked in one on a fielder’s choice. Keetyn Townsley scored one on a single, with another run following on a throwing error, and Anderson added two more with an RBI single to make it 6-2.
The Wildcats loaded the bases again in the third, but this time they came up empty. After filling the bags with one out, W-MU third-basemen Naya Silva made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out and then caught the third out of the inning to strand three Columbus runners.
“The girls just stuck together and worked their way out of it,” W-MU head coach Walt Jackson said after the game. “Naya had a couple of catches at third base. She usually doesn’t play third base, but Liana (Sweezer) is gone she’s had to shuffle a little around. It’s kind of like a next man up mentality.”
The Wolves stretched the lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Sloan scored on an error, Anna Anderon crossed on a wild pitch and Molly Miller hit an RBI groundout.
In the top of the fifth, Columbus responded. Kylee Wheeler brought a run home on an error. Michelle Diaz brought home one on a single, and another run scored on an error to cut the lead to 9-5.
W-MU added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a flyout by Miller. Columbus once again loaded the bases in the seventh, but once again came up empty.
“We had the bases loaded two different times and we couldn’t capitalize on it,” said Columbus head coach Katie Coil after the game. “If we could just get our bats going then, it could have been a completely different game. But I’m pretty pleased with the way the girls played today.”
Madie finished 1-3 with three RBIs to lead the offense. Miller was 1-3 with two RBIs. Silva went 2-3 and Anna was 2-4.
Madie threw all seven innings in the win. She gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and six walks, while striking out seven batters.
W-MU moved to 12-6 on the season with the win. They’re scheduled to play Van Buren tonight (Friday) in an SEISC crossover.