WELLSVILLE - The Indians pounced on the Tigers.
Rachel Coil pitched a no-hitter, and the Southern Local softball team scored the final 14 runs of the game en route to a 19-4 victory over local-rival Wellsville in five innings Tuesday at Hammond Park.
The win was the Indians (1-7) first of the season. The loss drops the Tigers to 2-8.
Southern Local’s Lindsay Michael takes a cut on Tuesday as Wellsville catcher Irene Kiser looks on. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"We had a great day," first-year Southern head coach Kristen Cochran said. "We finally had a turnaround and won one. Hopefully, we can play off of that and win one tomorrow."
Coil is filling in in the circle for senior Maddy Dowling, who is out with an injury sustained during this past basketball season. Coil finished the game with 12 strikeouts and seven walks.
Offensively, Coil contributed a double and two RBI to help her cause. Also, Tessa Calvin ended up with a single and two RBI, Casey Howdershelt collected a single and an RBI and Savannah Boals belted two singles. Finally, Kati Hiplsey, Lisa Higgins, Lindsay Michael and Randi Carroll all tallied a base hit.
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WP: Rachel Coil (7ip, 0r, 0h, 12k, 7bb) and Lisa Higgins. LP: Antonia Lombardozzi (3ip, 2k, 9bb) and Irene Kiser.
The Indians also scored multiple runs on errors and wild pitches.
First-year Wellsville head coach Barry Keller entered the game with high expectations for his team, but the Tigers failed to live up to his expectations. Keller said the game wasn't what he had hoped for.
"No, it wasn't," he said. "We didn't play to any expectations that we had set for ourselves in practice. I'd like to say it had a little bit to do with how cold it is, but we still aren't hitting the ball. We hit really good in practice, but come game time we are swinging at bad pitches.
"Granted we do have a lot of walks. We are inexperienced with our pitching. We get them on base, and then we make an error. You can't have errors and walks when you don't have a good pitch. I mean, she is throwing well for a freshman. Our senior does what she can do. Hopefully, things turn around by next week. My star is back."
Antonia Lombardozzi took the loss for the Tigers. She struck out two while walking nine. Amanda Russell replaced Lombardozzi. Russell walked six while not recording a strikeout.
"It is nice to be a rival," Cochran said. "I'm sure that played into the fact that the girls played hard today, but everybody showed up and played their game. Our bats were moving, our baserunning was there and our errors were down. That helps win a game."
Keller said it is tough losing to a rival.
"It hurts," he said. "She started off the year as my assistant coach, and then she got offered this job and she went out there. That put a little sting into it too.
"They played well. I'm glad for them. Their ace is down - Maddy Dowling. She is a heck of a pitcher.
"I just can't wait for tomorrow now."
The Indians led 5-0 after the top of the second inning, but the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 5-4.
The wheels came off for Wellsville at that point.
"Yes, they did," Keller said. "They fell right off. There isn't much more to say. I'm speechless. I thought we would of had a much better game than what we had tonight. Hopefully, it is better tomorrow."
The two teams are scheduled to play again today at Southern.
"We are at home tomorrow," Cochran said. "We have a good field so barring a terrible downpour we should be able to play. We are excited."
Cochran added she likes playing times on back-to-back days.
"We do," she said. "We always do better when we are away. All of our games have been home then away, and so this was a little bit different. We were away today, so we will be home tomorrow. Hopefully, we will do as well tomorrow at home as we did today away."
Keller said he also enjoys it.
"Yes, I do," he said. "I think we can turn it around and go out there and beat them tomorrow like they beat us today. we can win tomorrow like they beat us today. I think it will happen."