HARTFORD, W.Va. — Quick and painless.
The Wahama softball team snapped a two-game losing skid in convincing fashion Monday night following a three-inning, 10-0 mercy-rule decision over visiting Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Mason County.
Both teams battled through a scoreless first, but the Lady Falcons (7-4, 4-2 TVC Hocking) found their offensive rhythm in the bottom of the second as the hosts produced four runs on four hits and a walk — giving the Red and White a 4-0 cushion through two complete.
Morgan Harrison started things with a single, then Baylee Hoffman came in as a courtesy runner. Hoffman advanced to third on a single by Maddison Ferguson, then Hoffman scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Cynthia Hendrick to reach safely — making it a 1-0 game.
Emily VanMatre walked to load the bases, then Taylor Warden singled to plate Ferguson for a 2-0 contest. Amara Helton reached safely on a fielder’s choice, but the lead runner was forced out at home — leaving the bases loaded with two away.
Rachel Roque blooped a single down the right field line that allowed VanMatre to score for a 3-0 lead, then Warden scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashtyn Russell for a four-run cushion.
Wahama’s Harrison and Ferguson received back-to-back walks to start the third, then Hendrick singled home Hoffman — again as a courtesy runner for Harrison — to give the hosts a 5-0 edge. Hendrick was replaced by Emmalee Broyles on the base path, then VanMatre singled home Ferguson for a six-run lead.
Warden received a free pass to load the bases with nobody out, but Helton flew out to short right field in the following at-bat.
Roque, however, crushed a pitch into right-center field and ended the game with an inside-the-park grand slam home run, which ultimately led to the 10-run mercy-rule outcome.
Hendrick struck out five of the nine batters she faced in the win, which ended up being a perfect game. Chelsea Washburn took the loss for FHHS after surrendering seven hits, four walks and striking out one over 2.1 innings of work.
Neither teams committed an error in the contest. WHS stranded two runners on base, while the Lady Lancers (3-7, 1-6) had nobody to leave on the bags.
Roque led the hosts with two hits and five RBIs, followed by Harrison, Ferguson, Hendrick, VanMatre and Warden with a safety apiece. VanMatre, Russell and Warden also knocked in a run each for the victors.
Hoffman, Ferguson, VanMatre and Warden scored two runs apiece, while Roque and Broyles each touched home plate once.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.