On a fantastic day for softball, the Tinora Lady Rams and the Leipsic Lady Vikings spent the late morning and early afternoon under the rays of sunshine at the Tinora softball complex.
Both teams were coming in with wins over the Ayersville Pilots, Tinora on Thursday, and Leipsic on Friday.
The Lady Rams brought a 9-3 record to game one, while the Vikings brought in a 7-3 mark.
Tinora sophomore Scylea Zolman was in search of win number nine as she was set to fave the Leipsic lineup.
The Vikings jumped on Zolman for two runs in the first, just one earned. Zolman would shut down the Vikings bats over the next four innings, ending her morning with another win, eight strikeouts to go to 9-1 on the season.
The Lady Rams would bring the lumber to the yard in both games.
In the opener, the Lady Rams would slug four homeruns. Blasts by Tegan Norden, Paige Carpenter, Zolman, and DeVona Holmes would pace the Tinora attack.
DeVona Holmes would be named the Higbea Embroidery Player of the game for her efforts at the plate in game one. Holmes would go 2-4 with a triple and a game ending 2run homerun to increase her RBI totals to 19 through game one.
Game two saw neither team go with their ace on the hill. The Lady Rams would send Maren Pittman to the hill, while Leipsic would send freshman Ali Hermiller.
Bats were blazing for both teams, as would combine for 21 total runs through the first three innings. Leipsic led Tinora 13-8 after just three innings of play.
Logan McQuillin would add another homerun for the Lady Rams on the day, a two run shot in the bottom of the first in game two.
Trailing 16-10 as they batted in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Rams of Tinora would score five runs to get within one at 16-15. Highlighted was a two RBI single by sophomore shortstop Tegan Norden to continue the rally.
Leipsic would add an insurance run in the top of the seventh to take a 17-15 lead. Trying to ignite the bats one last time, the Tinora Lady Rams unfortunately could not muster a rally as Tinora could produce just one baserunner in the seventh, a one out walk by Norden.
Game one starter for Leipsic, Jocelyn Hermiller would come on to pitch the final 1 1/3 innings to get the save for the Vikings
With the split, the Lady Rams would leave the diamond at 10-3. The Lady Rams with two big league games on the road as they will travel to Antwerp on Tuesday, then to Paulding on Thursday.
Leipsic leaves Tinora with an 8-4 overall record.
GAME 1 BOX SCORE
GAME 2 BOX SCORE below:
Pics courtesy Brian Shaffner