MHS softball still seeking first victory

Logan broke open a tie game with a five-run third inning and the Lady Chieftains went on to easily defeat the Marietta Lady Tigers 10-2 Thursday at Phillips Field.

Sidney Rice and Nicole Beck each collected two-run basehits in the pivotal third inning that saw Logan bat around and chase MHS starting pitcher Shea Hutchinson.

“We just seem to have one bad inning that costs us in every game,” said Marietta head coach Stacy Fleming. “We just need to find a way to get over the hump.”

Each team scored a single run in the first inning as Logan scored on a run-scoring double by Melanie Starlin, while the orange and black scored its run when Hutchinson led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katie McClead and scored on a Jessie Mossack single.

Hutchinson opened the second inning by fanning the first Logan hitter but six of the next seven hitters reached base as Logan opened up a 6-1 lead.

Lauren Martin came on in relief of Hutchinson and got the final out of the third but struggled with her control as she walked five hitters including the first two in a fifth inning that saw Logan score three more times and open a big 9-1 lead.

The Tigers added their second run in the last of the sixth inning when Mossack led off with a walk and Abby Harrison and Martin followed with one-out singles.

Logan got a strong outing from starting pitcher Faith Freeman as the left hander scattered six hits over four innings of work before giving way to Lanie Nakanishi for the final three frames.

Hutchinson was saddled with the loss for the Tigers, while junior Rebeka Haught allowed a pair of runs, while striking out four in three innings in the circle.

The Tigers actually outhit Logan eight-to-seven in the game including a pair of hits each by Harrison and Martin.

“Abby (Harrison) has just been hitting all season long for us,” said Fleming of her junior infielder. “Lauren (Martin) didn’t play last year but she has really came in and played very well for us this year.”

Logan improved to 2-7 on the season while Marietta is still looking for that elusive first win as it slipped to 0-7 .

The Tigers will get another chance to get off the snide todaywhen they host Cambridge in a East Central Ohio League match up.

“We are hitting the ball really well right now,” said Fleming. “We just need to keep working and keep getting better on the mound and in the field.”