A 5-3 victory at Marionville last Thursday began a three-game winning streak for the Verona Lady Wildcats, as the team showed its ability to come from behind for a win.
Behind a solid pitching performance from Paige Bauer, the Lady Wildcats played solid defense and made the plays necessary to keep the Lady Comets from having a big inning.
Each team brought in their leadoff batters for a run in the first inning, but would get no further in their efforts to establish a lead. After a scoreless second, the Lady Comets used a couple of big hits to swing the momentum into their favor.
A one-out double by Kelsie Grimm got things started, followed by a shot to the fence off the bat of Madylon Davis to land her at second and score Grimm. Davis would come in to score on the next play, as a throw from third base got away from Verona.
From there though, it was the Lady Wildcats' solid play that prevailed. In the top of the fifth, Verona's first five batters reached base, including Rita Castillo, whose single scored the team's second run.
Verona scored two more runs on an error on the next play and one more for good measure before the end of the inning to lead 5-3.
Pitching with the lead, Bauer locked it down in the last three innings of work, allowing just two baserunners.
The sophomore finished with nine strikeouts over seven innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs while walking none.
Offensively, Castillo led the Lady Wildcats with two hits, two RBI and a run. Grace Nelson also added two hits and a run, while leadoff hitter Gwyneth Henson scored twice and recorded a hit.
For the home team, Grimm led the Lady Comets with two hits and two runs, while four batters contributed a hit each. Alexus Buckert went the full seven in the circle, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out eight.
Verona followed up the win with two more close ones, 10-8 over Blue Eye and 8-7 over Fordland. The Lady Wildcats will begin April with a trip to Exeter on Monday before coming home against Golden City on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Marionville will look to improve on its 1-4 record with games away to Mt. Vernon and Lockwood before returning home against Spokane. The Lady Comets will close out a busy week with a trip to Miller and later the Sparta Invitational.