HARTFORD, W.Va. — The Wahama softball team plated nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to claiming a 12-2 mercy-rule decision over visiting Waterford in four innings Monday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Falcons (6-2, 3-1 TVC Hocking) led wire-to-wire in the contest as the hosts jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-0 after the first two innings of play.
The Lady Wildcats (2-3, 2-3) rallied back to within 3-2 after plating a run apiece in the third and fourth frames, but the Red and White exploded for nine scores in the home half of the fourth after sending a dozen hitters to the plate.
Taylor Warden completed the colossal fourth-inning outburst with a single to left field, which allowed Faith Stewart to cross home plate with the game-clinching run.
The Lady Falcons outhit Waterford by a 10-3 overall margin and did not commit any of the three errors in the contest. The Lady Cats stranded two runners on base, while the hosts left three on the bags.
Cynthia Hendrick was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, three hits and a hit batter over four innings of work while striking out six.
Emma Baldwin took the loss after surrendering a dozen runs, 10 hits and three walks over 3.2 innings while fanning one.
Warden, Stewart and Grace Haddox paced Wahama with two hits apiece, followed by Hendrick, Rachel Roque, Morgan Harrison and Taylor McGrew with a safety apiece.
Haddox, Stewart and Ashtyn Russell each scored two runs each for the victors, while Roque, Harrison, Hendrick, McGrew, Warden and Emily VanMatre also scored a run apiece.
Madison Ohse, Paige McCutcheon and Bailey Offenbarger had the lone hits for the guests, with McCutcheon and Melanie Radabuagh accounting for each of Waterford’s scores.
The Lady Falcons are now 5-1 in home contests this year, with the lone loss coming to Point Pleasant (10-2) on March 24. Wahama returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Point Pleasant for a rematch between Mason County programs at 5:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.