ELNORA — For the first five innings Thursday evening, the North Daviess softball team was in complete control, but then the sixth inning happened.
North Daviess (6-8) and Shakamak combined to score 11 runs in the sixth inning in the Cougars’ 11-6 victory.
Entering the sixth inning, North Daviess led 5-1 and starting pitcher Tailon Graber had allowed just one run and four hits against the Lakers. Graber retired the first two batters in order, but Shakamak then the next six Lakers’ batters reached base on four hits and two errors by the Cougars.
Graber struck out Alissa Garo to end the inning, but the damage was done to the tune of five runs in the inning to take a 6-5 lead.
“They had some good contact after those first two batters, but we shouldn’t have gotten to those batters if we would have executed on the routine plays,” said North Daviess coach Jodi Berry.
“We had an error at shortstop and an error at second. When the ball doesn’t get out of the infield, as a coach and a pitcher, what more could you want. We have to learn to buckle down and stay focused all seven innings.”
North Daviess wasted no time re-taking the lead. The Cougars’ first six batters of the inning reached base to help the Cougars score six in the bottom of the sixth to take an 11-6 lead.
Jess Miller had a two-run double, Lora Kutch and Kristi Swartzentruber added an RBI single apiece and Lexi Knepp added an RBI groundout.
“I’m tickled to death that we came back and scored six runs in that one inning,” Berry said. “I have to admire their fight. I am very pleased with Taylor Swartzentruber’s hitting performance tonight (3-5), Lora Kutch came through with a big hit and Brooke Lindy was 4-for-4 getting on base. We got some high points, we just need to be more consistent defensively.”