Loogootee scored four more runs in the inning after White exited on an RBI single from Taylor Kaiser, a groundout and a two-run single from Waylee Wagoner to push the lead to 11-3 after two innings. Despite only recording two hits — both in the second inning — Loogootee coach Greg Clark was pleased with the Lions’ approach at the plate.
“Early in the game you want to talk about patience and making sure you’re seeing strikes and making sure you are hitting the pitch you want to hit,” Clark said. “We were patient waiting on the pitches we wanted to drive.”
Over the next three innings, the Loogootee offense was held scoreless by Elliott, who allowed just three hits in that span, while striking out three. Elliott’s strong pitching gave the Hatchets a chance to try to make a comeback from the eight-run deficit. In the top of the fourth, Washington cut the Loogootee lead to 11-4 on an RBI groundout from Rayven Graber and in the top of the sixth, White connected on a two-run homer over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 11-6.
“It was nice to see us get aggressive at the plate,” Graber said. “The thing about softball, is you can’t let pitchers get into their best pitches and that’s one thing we’ve been talking about our kids about.”
The Lions finished off the Hatchets with a five-run inning to finish the game early. Taylor Hayes had a two-run single and Seals added two more RBIs to finish with a game-high five on a two-run double.
“We have been hitting the ball fairly well and I wouldn’t say we had a lot of hits (tonight), but I think we were very patient seeing the ball especially in the early innings,” Clark said. “You have to adapt as the game moves along and we have Princeton tomorrow and we’re looking forward to that challenge.”