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Edison rallies in the seventh to top Willard

By JOSH MORGRET • Apr 11, 2019 at 9:15 PM

WILLARD — One can not ask for much more from the No. 9 spot in the lineup than what Mariah Medina gave Edison on Thursday.

Medina singled each of her first three times up, but saved her biggest hit for last.

Medina roped a two-out run-scoring triple in the seventh inning, lifting the Chargers to a 6-5 Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division win over host Willard.

"It is a blessing to have somebody like that in your 9-hole," Edison coach Troy Keegan said. "She has got good speed, so if she gets on base, we have our slappers coming up. It’s another leadoff hitter. She has come a long way in the last few weeks."

Keegan noted how big of a win it was for the Chargers (7-3, 2-2), who had dropped conference games to Vermilion and Margaretta already this week.

"We lost our last two games," Keegan said. "We could have folded it up here. We have good leadership on this team. We have seven seniors. We are not as bad as we played the last couple of games."

Kira Appeman, who held the Willard offense in check for the last four innings of the game, singled with one out in the seventh inning. After a flyout, Medina poked a shot almost to the fence in centerfield, scoring Appeman. Willard pitcher Melayna Mahl bounced back to get Morgan Scott to groundout to end the inning.

The Flashes (6-6, 2-3) did not go without a small fight. Kalli Sowers hit a ball to the right side of the infield that was nearly caught by Grace Houser near the foul line. Sowers ended up at second base after the ball hit Houser's glove for an immediate threat.

But, Appeman got Haylie Hamons and Jena Adams to both fly out to Scott in centerfield to regain control of the inning. Appeman then struck out Mahl after a nine-pitch at-bat to end the game.

"Kira's curveball was working great," said Keegan of the freshman. "She kept her head. Sometimes we have to pick each other up."

It was smooth sailing for Edison in the first two innings. In the second inning, Jessica Stoll singled and scored on a triple by Appeman for a 1-0 lead. Then, Houser grounded out, but Appeman scored to increase the lead.

In the third inning, Kayla Mancuso lead off the inning with a double before Lindsey Fortuna singled. Pinch-runner Eliza Brickner stole second base before Hannah Vitaz recorded a sacrifice fly. After Stoll walked, the threat stalled when Brickner was picked off third as Stoll stole second and Deana Blatnik fouled out.

Willard only saw 20 pitches from Fortuna in the first two innings, but got to the senior in the third inning. Cathern Hamons and Sowers each singled before Haylie Hamons smacked a two-run double. Jena Adams then singled and stole second. With Morgan Hamons at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Haylie Hamons to score and tie the game.

"They timed Lindsey up," Keegan said. "She missed her spots a bit. She was not as perfect as she was in the first two innings. If you do not hit your spots, Willard will make you pay."

Morgan Hamons then reached on a fielding error, allowing Adams to score. Fortuna induced a groundout, but a second error in the inning by the Chargers on a ball hit by Addie Slone brought in courtesy runner Carlee Gibson for a 5-3 lead for the Flashes.

"We batted around that inning," Willard coach Fred Mock said. "It was good to see our team come out and bust loose an inning. It has been a struggle to get a key hit every now and then. That inning, we strung some hits together."

The score remained the same until the sixth inning. Medina's third single opened the inning for Edison. Scott followed with a single and Mancuso walked to load the bases for Fortuna, who picked up her fourth single of the day, bringing in Medina and Scott to tie the game. Mahl bounced back to get a popout and flyout to end the threat.

"I am proud of my girls. It did slip away from us," Mock said. "We battled the entire game today. Actually, I am more proud of our girls today with the way they played than the (10-7) win (over Port Clinton) (Wednesday)."

Morgan Hamons pitched the first three innings for Willard, allowing three runs on six hits. Mahl tossed the last four innings, giving up three runs on nine hits while walking two.

"Each team gave each other some opportunities," Keegan said. "We just ended up taking advantage of it more than they did towards the end."

The Flashes had the big third inning, but it was the only inning they scored in.

"That is the game of softball," Mock said. "We hit some hard shots. That is just the way the game goes. Sometimes you hit the ball and it is right at them. Sometimes the ball bounces your way."

Edison consistently had runners on in every inning, but stranded 11 on base including two in four of the seven innings.

"I thought our defense did a nice job today," Mock said. "We had one error. We did a good job of getting out of some jams. The defense stepped up when it needed to."

Edison 021 002 1 — 6 15 3

Willard 005 000 0 — 5  8  1

WP: Appeman. LP: Mahl

2B: (E) Mancuso; (W) C. Hamons, H. Hamons. 3B: (E) Appeman, Medina.

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