LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Ohio softball team (9-10) wrapped up play at the 2018 Liberty Softball Classic hosted by Liberty on Sunday afternoon, falling to Delaware (4-14), 4-2, in the final game of the weekend.
In the top of the first inning, the Bobcat defense would send the Delaware offense down in order, sending the game to the bottom of the frame still scoreless. In the bottom of the first. Ohio tried to strike first. With one out, Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) singled to right. She then moved to second with Katie Yun (North Canton, Ohio) reached on a fielding error. Then with two outs, Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) drew a walk, loading the bases. However, the UD defense would work out of the jam, ending the inning with the game still scoreless.
UD would get the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Anna Steinmetz would lead off with a single through the left side. Then with two outs, Chayanna Gallardo would double to left center, scoring Steinmetz and putting the Blue Hens up 1-0.
In the bottom of the frame, Allie Englant (Long Beach, Calif.) reached first after an error. Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, the UD defense would once again end the threat, ending the inning with UD leading 1-0.
Delaware would add two runs in the top of the third inning, when after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, a two-out double from Steinmetz would put UD up 3-0 going to the bottom of the inning.
Ohio would get another base runner in the bottom of the third inning when Yun reached first on another fielding error. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to score and the game would go to the fourth inning with the Bobcats trailing 3-0.
UD would try to add on in the top of the fourth. With one out, Gallardo would double down the left field line. Alyshia Dellatore would then draw a walk, outing runners on first and second with one out. Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio) would then enter the game to pitch for Madi McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio) and would get the final two outs of the inning, ending the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) would single through the left side. She then moved to second when Desirae Villanueva (Surrey. British Columbia) reached first on a fielder's choice. Geno would then be thrown out at third when Englant reached on a fielder's choice and then a batter later, Day would reach on a fielder's choice, erasing Villanueva and putting runners on first and second with two outs. Cooper would then draw a walk, loading the bases. However, UD would get out of the jam, ending the Ohio threat and sending the game to the fifth inning with Ohio still trailing. 3-0.
Delaware would add a run on the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly, giving the Blue Hens a 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would draw a leadoff walk. She would then move to second on a wild pitch. Then with one out, MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio) would push a single through the left side, scoring Dorsey. Brunswick would then score a batter later when Villanueva reached on a fielder's choice. Cutting the UD lead to 4-2 going into the sixth inning.
The Bobcats would try to add on in the bottom of the sixth inning when Englant led off with an infield single. She then moved to second on a fly out. Then with two outs, Englant moved to third after Yun reached on an error. However, the Bobcats would be unable to scratch a run across and would go to the seventh trailing, 4-2.
Ohio would try to make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. Alvarez led the inning off with a walk. Brunswick then singled to right center, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Geno then drew a walk to lead the bases with no outs. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would be unable to get a run across and would fall by the final of 4-2.
At the plate, Ohio scored two runs on five hits. Brunswick went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Cooper registered a hit, as did Geno and Englant.
In the circle, McCrady got the start. Pitching 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six. Meeks would pitch two-thirds of an inning, getting both batters that she faced out and recorded a strikeout. Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three.
Up next, the Bobcats will return to the start of Virginia next weekend when Ohio heads to Harrisonburg, Va. to take part in the JMU Invitational, hosted by James Madison, March 16-18. While there, Ohio will take on East Carolina, James Madison and Stony Brook.