LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Ohio softball team (8-6) wrapped up play at the 2018 John Cropp Classic, hosted by Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, splitting the final day of action. In game one, the Bobcats defeated Southeast Missouri State (8-6), 5-1. Ohio would come back later in the afternoon, falling to host, No. 22 Kentucky (14-3), 11-1 in five innings.
GAME ONE: Ohio 5, SEMO 1
The Bobcats would be the home team for this matchup with SEMO. The Redhawks would get the first runner on when Mykaela Arellanes singled through the left side. Then with two outs, she would steal second right before Abby Tillotson drew a walk. With runners on first and second, the Ohio defense would get the final out of the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the inning still scoreless.
In the bottom of the first with one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) would get the Bobcats' first hit of the day with a double to right center. With two outs, Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) would single to the pitcher, moving Cooper to third. However, Cooper would be waved home and be thrown out at the plate trying to score, ending the inning with the game still tied at 0-0.
In the top of the second inning, SEMO would get a runner on via a walk, but starting pitcher Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) would get three batters to strike out swinging, ending the inning with the game tied at 0-0.
The Bobcats would try to get a run in the bottom of the second when Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) led off with a single to third base. However, with one out, she would be caught trying to steal second and then the Redhawks defense would get the final out, ending the inning.
SEMO would threaten again in the top of the third inning. Arellanes would lead off with a single through the left side. She would then move to second after Brooke Rheinecker singled to left field, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, the Bobcats' defense would step up, getting the next three batters to foul out, ground out and strikeout, ending the inning with the runners stranded.
The Bobcats would strike in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) singled up the middle. She would then move to second after another base hit from Cooper. Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would then draw a walk, loading the bases with two outs. Yun would then step to the plate and crush a ball down the right field line, scoring Day and Cooper. The SEMO defense would get the final out a batter later, but the Bobcats would take the 2-0 lead going into the fourth inning.
After and uneventful fourth inning from both teams, SEMO would threaten in the top of the fifth inning. Arellanes would lead the inning off with a walk. Then after McCrady would register another strikeout, Rachel Anderson would draw a walk, putting runners on first and second with one out. Then with two outs, Ashley Ellis would draw another walk to load the bases, but the Ohio defense would record the final out, ending the threat.
Ohio would try to add on in the bottom of the fifth, with Cooper leading off with a single to third. However, the SEMO defense would get the next three Bobcats out, ending the inning with Ohio still leading 2-0.
SEMO would threaten in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Parker Brandy would draw a walk. She would then move to second a batter later when Riley Hayes drew a walk. Both base runners would advance on a ground out, placing runners on second and third with two outs. However, the Ohio defense would get the final batter to ground out, ending the inning with the Bobcats still leading 2-0.
Ohio would add on in the bottom of the frame. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) led off with a single to left field. Then with one out, pinch hitter, Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) would draw a walk. Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) would then reenter the game to run for Alvarez. Then with two outs, Day would take the first pitch she saw and crush it to right center, clearing the bases. The SEMO defense would get the final batter out, but the Bobcats would take a 5-0 lead to the top of the seventh.
SEMO would get a runner on in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Ellis would draw a walk. Ellis would then score a batter later when Darby Pruett doubled to center. However, the Bobcats would get the final out a batter later, and would come away with the 5-1 victory.
At the plate, Ohio registered five runs on nine hits. Day went 2-for-4 with a homerun, two runs scored and three RBI, Cooper when 3-for04 with a double and a run scored. Yun went 2-for03 with two RBI, while Cole and Dorsey both added hits for the Bobcats.
In the circle, McCrady pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight.
GAME TWO: #22 Kentucky 11, Ohio 1 (Five Innings)
The Bobcats would be the away team in their second game of the day. Ohio would get the first hit in the top of the first inning when with one out, Cooper singled up the middle. However, the inning would end after the Bobcats hit into a 5-4-3 double play.
Kentucky would take the early lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring four runs on six hits, while stranding three runners on.
After the Bobcats went down in order in the top of the second inning. The Wildcats would add another run on the board in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single, taking a 5-0 lead after the first two innings.
Ohio would get another baserunner in the top of the third inning after Saxton and Day both drew walks, putting runners on first and second with two outs. However, the Kentucky defense would get the final batter out, ending the inning.
UK would add on another run in the bottom of the frame on a leadoff homerun from Mallory Peyton. The Wildcats would get another baserunner on, but the Ohio defense would get the next two outs, sending the game to the third trailing, 6-0.
Ohio would get baserunners on again in the top of the fourth inning when Geno would draw a one-out walk. Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.), would pinch run for Geno and with two outs, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would single to right field, however, Holland would be throw out at third trying to advance an extra base, ending Ohio's threat.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, UK would add on, scoring five runs, capped off by a three-run home run from Alex Martens, sending the game to the fifth with Ohio trailing 11-0.
Ohio would get a run in the top of the fifth when Dorsey reached first after she was hit by a pitch. She then moved to third when Alvarez singled up the middle, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Dorsey would then score when Saxton reached on a fielder's choice. Then with one out, Cooper would reach on a walk, but the game would end after the Bobcats hit into a double play, falling to Kentucky, 11-1.
At the plat, Ohio scored on run on three hits. Cooper, Brunswick and Alvarez all registered base hits for Ohio, while Dorsey had a run scored and Saxton registered an RBI.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) got the start. Pitching one inning, allowing four runs on six hits and walking one. Desirae Villanueva (Surrey, British Columbia) pitched 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, while Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) finished out the game, pitching a third of an inning and registering a strikeout.
The Bobcats return to action March 9-11 when Ohio heads to Lynchburg, Va. to participate in the Liberty Softball Classic. While there, Ohio will take on Delaware and Liberty.