By Carol McIntire
The Carrollton Lady Warriors threatened to knock the West Branch Lady Warriors from the ranks of the unbeaten last Tuesday at the Field of Dreams, but the green and white Warriors escaped with a narrow 7-6 win and their perfect record intact.
In a game that belonged to the pitching staffs, West Branch’s Kylie Coffelt struck out eight Carrollton batters in four innings of work. Kelsey Byers came on in relief and struck out five batters in three innings.
West Branch got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the first inning.
Carrollton responded in the bottom of the second when Maddie Keyser scored from third on a passed ball and had the opportunity to blow the game open in the bottom of the third.
With one out, Rickee Stidom reached base on an error, Shelbee Stidom drew a walk. A single by Zoe Drake loaded the bases. Following a strike out, Rickee Stidom scored on a passed ball to give the Warriors the lead. A strike out then ended the threat.
West Branch added four runs in the top of the fifth and two in the seventh inning, the last of which was a home run of Delaney Rito.
Carrollton rallied in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs, all with two outs.
Drake and Kira Anderson both hit singles and Skylar Vipperman hit a ball in the hole to the shortstop, who made an error, which loaded the bases. Mehgan Harsh then hit a double to drive in three runs. The inning and game ended when Diana Luyster was called out on a strikes with a full count.
Drake led Carrollton at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles. Keyser was 2-for-4 with a triple, singe and an RBI. Harsh was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Shelbee Stidom took the loss on the mound for the Warriors.
The Warriors dominated Alliance in a five-inning contest May 5. The Warriors jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and added one run in the second, four in the third and six in the fourth, cruising to a 15-1 victory.
Stidom was the winning pitcher, striking out nine batters.
Offensively for Carrollton, Faith Loy and Harsh both hit home runs.
Loy’s was a two-run homer in the third. Harsh hit a three-run homer in the fourth. Maddie Waggoner went 1-for-1 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
The Warriors were scheduled to host Maysville May 8 in a first round sectional contest. The winner of that game will play in the sectional championship game May 10.