Western Hills’ softball team outscored Montgomery County the last three innings but, having spotted the Indians a 6-0 lead, WHHS wasn’t able to make it quite all the way back.
Montgomery County defeated the Lady Wolverines 6-3 Tuesday at WHHS.
“We fought hard,” Western Hills coach Jeff Pritchett said. “They’ve been without their ace pitcher (Megan Arrasmith) for about a month, and her first game back was tonight.
“She’s a good pitcher, and it took a little while to get used to her delivery.”
Montgomery County (13-12) got a fast start out of the gate, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning with singles by Hunter Scott, Arrasmith and Brooke Young and a double by Kourtney Parker.
The Indians added two runs in the third with singles by Scott and Arrasmith and an error, and they extended their lead to 6-0 in the fourth with two errors, a sacrifice bunt and a single by Scott.
It was another inning before Western Hills (8-19) got on the board.
Abbey Sheets led off the fifth inning and got on base with an error. After two strikeouts, Destiny Hyatt singled, sending Sheets to third.
Hyatt got caught in a rundown between first and second, allowing Sheets to score the Lady Wolverines’ first run before being tagged out to end the inning.
WHHS closed out the scoring with two runs in the sixth inning.
With one out, Torey Hawkins reached on an error, and Taylor Slade followed with a double that sent Shelby McDonald, running for Hawkins, to third.
LaKenzie Ritchie doubled, scoring McDonald, and after a fly ball for the second out, Ritchie went to third on a base hit by Sheets.
A strikeout ended the inning.
“We definitely put pressure on them,” Pritchett said. “The last three innings we beat them, but we couldn’t get over the hump.”
Tuesday was Senior Night, and the Lady Wolverines honored seniors Aleesha Ailiff and Sheets in a ceremony prior to the game.
“Abbey scored our first run, and later she had a good base hit,” Pritchett said. “Tonight was about Aleesha and Abbey, and I thought they both did a very good job.”
WHHS had five hits. Ritchie hit a single and double, Slade doubled, and Hyatt and Sheets each had a base hit.
Hawkins was Western Hills’ starting pitcher and went four innings, and Slade pitched the last three innings in relief.
Arrasmith pitched a complete game for the Indians. She and Scott both hit two singles, Parker doubled, and Young singled.
Western Hills is at home today, hosting Carroll County at 6 p.m.