In a back-and-forth battle it was Sacred Heart that finally took a lead that was too big for Western Hills’ last rally to overcome.
SHA defeated WHHS 11-8 in softball Wednesday at Western Hills.
Sacred Heart (4-3) opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, only to see the Lady Wolverines tie the game in the bottom of the first.
Elizabeth Owens reached on an error, and Tabitha Barnes, Taylor Slade and Brooklyn Etherington all singled in the first for WHHS.
Both teams added a run in the third inning to keep the game tied at 3-3.
Western Hills (2-1) took a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning with consecutive singles by McKenna Brown, Owens and Barnes, but the Valkyries scored four runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 7-5.
Sacred Heart added four more runs in the top of the sixth for an 11-5 lead, but WHHS rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Brown, Barnes and Shelby Morris all singled, and Owens and Etherington both reached on errors.
That made the score 11-8, and that was as close as WHHS would get.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Brown singled and Owens got on base with an error, but a strikeout ended the game with the runners stranded.
Brown finished the game with three singles, Owens and Barnes both hit two singles, and Slade, Morris and Etherington each had a base hit.
Etherington was the starting pitcher, and Torey Hawkins finished the game in relief.
On Monday Western Hills defeated Spencer County 3-2 in 10 innings at WHHS.
Western Hills plays its next game Friday against host Bath County in the Lady Cat Invitational.