Lady Panthers go down to the wire with Williamstown, fall 7-6 at home

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By Kristin Beck

Williamstown senior Tori Wilhoit blasted a three-run homerun in the top of the sixth inning to give the Lady Demons (12-14) a 7-3 advantage in their game at Carroll Monday night. That ended up being the difference maker in the game, as the visitors defeated the Lady Panthers, 7-6.

“The three-run homer, that was the difference in this game, and that’s on my shoulders,” Carroll head coach Ken Blair said. “That’s my inexperience calling a softball game.”

Following the homerun, the Lady Panthers (6-17) scored a run on three singles by Sarah Hawkins, Brittany Yocum and Kayley Perry.

The Lady Panthers had an opportunity to come back and win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mackenzie Ogden started things off with a triple down the first baseline that rolled into the corner of right field. With one out, Kelsey Ogden hit an RBI single, making the score 7-5, and Haley Damron followed with a single. With the tying run on first base, Hawkins grounded out to the shortstop, but it allowed Ogden to score from third. Unfortunately, Damron attempted to advance to third base and was thrown out, ending the game.

Overall, Blair said he thought his team was better than the visitors and should have scored two or three more runs early on their pitcher. Every Lady Panther in the starting lineup registered at least one hit. Mackenzie Ogden led the way, going 3-4 with a triple, double and single. Damron and Hawkins both hit two singles, while the rest of the team each had one hit.

Comparatively, Carroll’s Kayley Perry also struggled hitting her spots, giving up 10 hits. She walked one batter and struck out two, pitching a complete game.

While he noted that the team’s fielding has improved, Blair said his team is “still struggling knowing what to do with the ball, and at this point in the season, we shouldn’t be doing that. That comes down to coaching.”