On Wednesday March 30, Turpin Fastpitch hosted the Harrison Wildcats for their home opener of the season.
The Harrison Wildcats defeated the Spartans last season with a final score of 5-2. The Spartans sought out for revenge as they knew Harrison had lost eight seniors since last season.
The Southwest Ohio Conference is the superior conference Harrison is a part of. The SWOC holds teams like Little Miami and Ross, who both made it far in the playoffs last year.
Harrison had a preseason ranking of seventh overall in the city, as the Spartans were ranked eleventh overall in the city.
The Wildcats scored early off a hit by Paige Bremer in the first inning with two outs, with one runner on third. Luckily, the Spartans only held them to one run.
At the bottom of the first inning, with two outs, Senior Mackenzie Maddy hit a shot into the right and center field gap leaving the Spartans with one on. Next up Junior Sarah Yarocki
smashed a double to the center field fence and then Maddy was on third base and Yarocki was on second. Junior Molly Case was able to hit a shot up the third base line, which scored both Yarocki and Maddy leaving the Spartans up 2-1.
The next four innings were quick as both teams’ defense was sharp. The Wildcats threatened a little bit in the fifth, but the Spartans were able to hold them off.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Spartans started a small rally and ended up scoring another run leaving the score 3-1.
Top of the sixth inning, the Wildcats attacked and scored two runs to tie the game off of numerous small-ball type of plays. Second baseman Sydney Turner, bunted over their power hitter Madison Huber, who got on by a line shot to center field. With one on second and one out, Pitcher Bailey Bartley hit a double and scored Huber. Later, Bartley scored off of a single by Bremer.
Going into the bottom of the sixth, the score was tied 3-3. Sophomore Madison Saylor got on with a hit in between the shortstop and third baseman. After her, Case got walked, leaving two on and none out for Junior Isabelle Helm. Helm struck out and next up was Senior Madina Washburn. Washburn hit a hard ball between the shortstop and third baseman, but got out on a sharp throw by the shortstop Huber. Luckily, the runners moved up, leaving them on second and third with two outs and Freshman Kylee Remo up next.
Remo represented clutch hitting and hit a triple in the left field gap, which scored both Saylor and Case. After her hit, Junior Kaitlyn Workman grounded out ending the sixth inning with the Spartans up 5-3.
At the top of the seventh inning, the Spartans got their quick first out, but the Wildcats threatened and quickly got the bases loaded off of solid hits. With one out, second baseman Turner hit a shallow ball the right field, which dropped and allowed the runner on third to score, and left the bases still loaded. With one out, Alyssa Ross grounded out to shortstop Workman, and the Spartans had two outs with the bases loaded.
The final batter, Shelby Gorham, grounded out the shortstop Workman and the Spartans won 5-4.
Next week, the Kings Knights travel to Spartan Field on Monday April 4. Come out and support your softball girls!