Titans fix slow start
Twin River softball trailed four the first four innings and fell behind by as much as four runs but woke up the bats late and picked up a 12-6 win Tuesday over Ord for its third win in four games.
The Titans trailed 2-0 after the first inning, 3-2 after the third and 6-4 after the fourth before plating three in the fifth and five in the sixth for their 10th double-digit run total of the season.
The comeback started on a one-out solo home run from Bailey Oberhouser then continued with a single by Emilee Spitz, error off the bat off Payton Rinkol and a triple by Erin Cook, scoring both.
Up 7-6, Cook overcame a one-out error and a single in the sixth with a strikeout and a ground out, then the offense did the rest.
Caitlyn Van Winkle drew a walk, Katie Paczosa reached base on an error, Oberhauser brought in a run on a fielder’s choice, another came in on a fly ball error from the bat of Spitz, Rinkol walked, Cook walked to push a run across and Lana Hebda scored two with a double for a 12-6 advantage.
Ord put its first two on in the sixth with a double and a walk but a fly out, a failed steal of home and a strikeout put the game on ice.
Twin River improved to 19-14 with the win and currently sits 17th in the latest wild card rankings.
Norfolk 7-0, 11-7 over Columbus
The Panthers swept the Discoverers in their final road doubleheader of the season, picking up the Game 1 win while only allowing two hits then taking Game 2 by overcoming two Columbus home runs and a 5-3 deficit in the fourth inning.
Alyssa Turner and Macee Trotta had the hits in the opener while Kate Smith and Becca Hazlett blasted homers in the night cap.
“We struggled tonight. Game 1 we were not aggressive at the plate and allowed (Panther pitcher) Sydney Radar to control the zone,” coach Paul Braun said, in comments sent to the Telegram. “Game 2 we started slow but we figured it out as the game went on. You use a night like tonight as a learning tool to make yourself better. We have three days to fix a few things and get ready for the conference tournament on Saturday.”
Nate Tenopir is the the sports editor for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org