The much anticipated softball matchup between Narrows 3A preseason favorites Wilson and Timberline had everything that a fan could want to see. Despite a furious comeback by Wilson, the Blazers edged the Rams 7-6 on April 8 behind home runs from Ellie Jones and Aundrea Temple.
“We did not put the ball in play when we had to and it cost us in the end,” said Wilson head coach Ron Balmer, who saw his team fall to 3-1 in Narrows 3A play.
The Lady Blazers got on the board first in the first inning when Megan Porche singled in Jones with two outs to take a 1-0 lead. Wilson, meanwhile, would have a difficult time figuring out Timberline pitcher Becka Nelson. She tied the Lady Rams up with her assortment of breaking balls and fastballs for six innings, allowing only a bunt single by Maddisyn Scott in the second inning.
The Lady Blazers would extend their lead in the middle innings. With one on and one out in the fourth inning, Temple stroked a two-run home run over the right center field wall for a 3-0 Blazer lead. Jones would add to the Timberline lead in the fifth against Wilson starter Stephanie Granger with a two-run homer of her own to up the Blazers’ lead to 5-0. Just when the Lady Rams thought it could not get any worse, Madison Bernard singled in both Porche and Temple to make it 7-0.
The Rams finally began to solve Nelson in their half of the sixth when Alex Flynn singled in Kaysha Fox to cut the lead to 7-1. The Rams then began to furiously trim the deficit in the final inning. Kenzie Baynes got it started with a two-run home run to trim the lead to 7-3. With the score at 7-4 with one on, Darian Grimm drilled a two-run home run to right center field to cut the lead to 7-6. James would retire the last two hitters to preserve the win, but the late rally created a ray of hope for the Lady Rams.
“We are beginning to build our confidence gradually,” said Fox. “We’re getting more energy game-in and game-out, and my game is beginning to come together each and every game.”