COCHRANTON – Two softball teams from Cochranton – one in red and one in yellow – battling to the last pitch. In the end, it was two hits for Cochranton Yellow that sealed the win. Tied 8-8, Claire McCartney chose to open the bottom of the sixth and move to second in the wild tone. Then, Addison Custead fired one into the middle of the field to bring McCartney who quickly to the home plate to run the victory.
On Wednesday night at Cochranton High School, Cochranton Yellow defeated Cochranton Red with a 9-8 walk-off mode.
“My team was last inning, they hit the ball,” said Bret McCartney, head coach for Cochranton Yellow. “The team came out and put the bat on the ball, ran well, ran smartly and the score ended on our side.”
It was a kind of war attraction together with the Reds getting the initial jump taking a 5-1 advantage through the first two rounds. Alivia Miller scored Alaina Shorts on an RBI base and Peyton Miller and Alivia scored through the balls given to give the Red team three runs in the first.
Two other runs were added to the lead above from the second of the RBI doubles for Mara Schwartz and the RBI groundout by Shorts.
For Cochranton Yellow, Karmyn Reese put his team on board with hits to score Braeleigh VanSise. This set the third innings to run the top five to lead 6-5.
Highlighted by McCartney’s two goals, many paths and a pair of errors, Cochranton Yellow returned to lead. They expanded it in fourth when Maggie Jackson was chosen as the leadoff hitter. Makenna Mase isolated her house by driving to the left.
Meanwhile McCartney was dealing in a mound providing two blank innings in the third and fourth frames.
But he experienced several problems in the fifth. Cochranton Red counted three run offs four runs in innings to once again lead 8-7.
However, the Yellow side responded again. Peyton Rodgers walked and rounded the base with a ball and a wild throw to score the goal.
McCartney settled in the sixth innings and retired his team in order to catch a star on the drive line and play doubles at first base.
“He went in and threw four good innings, got a little problem with the pair running fifth,” said coach McCartney. “But coming together and getting a double game without help so it’s fun. It turns out it was a good night. “
The drama set the victory for the home team.
For Cochranton Red, Schwartz went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI. Alivia Miller went 1-for-2 with two runs and RBI.
For Cochranton Yellow, McCartney won with relief. He let three runs without a hit and six walked. McCartney is also 3-for-4 on a plate twice. Mase and Lydia Kennedy both own two RBI.
“We always have fun when we play with each other,” coach McCartney said. “Everyone here is from Cochranton so even though it’s competitive, in the end we want all the girls to hang out, have fun out there and we want to be successful.”
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