Myrtle’s offense is best described as having one explosive inning per game, and that one inning came in the seventh, as the Lady Hawks defeated Ingomar, 14-6, on Tuesday.
Leading 6-4 at the top of the seventh, the Lady Hawks quickly loaded the bases on three straight hits and scored eight runs to go ahead, 14-4 before the Lady Falcons’ final at bat.
“That’s what we look for and how we’ve been,” Myrtle coach Marty Cook said. “We’ve had one explosive inning, and that’s what we’re looking for and to put that pressure on the defense.”
Myrtle struck first in the opening inning, taking a 3-0 lead off a home run by Meshay Cox. Cook said that set the tone for his team, which led 4-1 in the second inning.
“I’ve seen her do that in slow pitch, but I’ve never seen her do that in fast pitch, and I’ve never seen a home run hit that far in fast pitch,” he said. “That was key to set the tone. We let them back into it with some errors later in the game, but that was huge to get those first runs off the home run.”
The errors came in the bottom of the second, and Heather Dillard and Morgan Kelly drove in runs to tie the game at four.
Myrtle answered in the top of the third, placing two on base, and with two outs, Keely Chunn plated the two runners before being called out at second base.
Ingomar had a chance to tie the game in the sixth, placing runners at second and third with two outs and Amy Fooshee at the plate. The senior already had two doubles on the day, which led to Cook meeting with his team before the at bat. Pitcher Audrey Kent responded, getting the final out on a strikeout, avoiding the potential tie.
“She came through huge tonight, hitting her spots and throwing the pitches we needed her to,” Cook said. “To come out and get that last out just shows the leadership on her part. She’s a junior, but she’s been pitching since the ninth grade, and it shows the maturity on her part. I’m very proud of her.”
Trailing 14-4, Ingomar would score two runs in the seventh off a triple by Hannah Russell.
The Lady Hawks improved to 3-0 in division play going into Friday’s game at West Union. This was the division opener for Ingomar, who are scheduled to take on Ashland and Blue Mountain to close out this week before they play West Union on Monday.