16 unearned runs doom Lay Wave

DTL Staff

Despite an early lead, two big innings and 16 unearned runs proved to be the downfall for the West Point Lady Wave softball team in a wild 17-13 high school softball loss Thursday night to Houlka.

West Point scratched out to a 6-4 lead after two innings, but Houlka scored five runs, aided by two Green Wave errors, in the third. The five runs came with two outs.

Houlka put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. That outburst also came with two out and was aided by two errors.

For the game, the Lady Wave made 11 errors. Only one of Houlka’s 17 runs were earned.

Houlka committed seven errors, with only eight of West Point’s 13 runs being earned. West Point collected eight hits while the Chickasaw County crew rapped out 15.

West Point got off on the right foot as Tonia Randle opened the game with a single, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. She scored on an error and Mckinsey Wedel walked. Marquesha Starks followed with a walk and Caroline Vail reached on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases when West Point managed to escape a rundown.

Wedel then scored on a passed ball before senior pitcher Sara Dexter helped her own cause with a two-run, two-out single to score Starks and Vail.

Houlka answered with three in the bottom half of the first, with an error helping the cause.

But West Point responded with two in the top of the second when Taylor Brownlee reached on a Houlka miscue and Randle singled. Brownlee was out at the plate trying to score on an infield bunt, but it didn’t quiet the Lady Wave.

Starks tripled to left to score Randle and Wedel to put West Point up 6-3.

The third inning surge by Houlka ultimately proved to be West Point’s undoing.

Randle went 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs. Dexter was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Wedel, Brittany Bensend, and Starks had a hit each, including Starks’ triple. She also drove in two runs. Bensend and Vail had one RBI each.

Dexter went the distance, throwing 129 pitches while facing 40 batters. Of her pitches, 85 were strikes. She struck out five and walked just two.

Houlka pitcher Karly Huffman allowed eight hits, walked seven and struck out 13. She threw 167 pitches to 42 batters as West Point hitters often took her deep into the count.

The Lady Green Wave is at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala. next week during spring break.