WAYNE — The Wayne Lady Pioneers defeated the Mingo Central Lady Miners on Friday evening for the sectional championship. The Lady Pioneers won 8-0 in five innings.
The Lady Miners were digging deep until they hit a pocket of quick sand in the fourth. One thing went wrong , and then another, and then another. The more they fought back the worse things got and what seemed like winnable game turned into a heartbreaking loss in two innings.
The Lady Miners held tough in the first inning, despite a slow start on offense. Wayne put two scores on the board in the first but the Lady Miners were not phased. Parson and Followay crossed the plate for Wayne and the Lady Miners dug in and made sure that was all they got.
The next two innings were scoreless, thanks to fantastic defensive efforts from both teams. Mingo Central’s Kara Lester found herself feeling the pressure when the Lady Miners were closing out the third inning. Lester faced the batter with two outs and runners on second and third. She worked into a 2-2 count and sent the Lady Pioneers back onto the field with a heater down the middle. Swing and a miss by Wayne’s Fischer.
The Lady Miners were gaining momentum and realizing that two runs would be easy to make up. That’s when the quick sand struck. The Lady Miners had a single and two quick fielders choice outs to send them back on the field. Queen, Parsons, and Sanson scored back to back to back runs for the Lady Pioneers and Central lost composure.
Wayne continued to get into scoring situations and the Lady Miners kept giving up runs.
Head Coach Patrick Cline said, “The last part of the fourth we allowed them to get some hits and runs. We made just enough mistakes that it hurt. Wayne is a team that you can’t make those types of mistakes on.” Cline continued by saying, “I thought the game was called a little tight on our pitcher but, that’s just the nature of the beast.”
For some of the Lady Miners this was their last dance as the queen of diamonds. Cline announced he would be back next year as the Lady Miners head softball coach.
Cline said, “Very pleased with the girls, they all got better and better. We lose three seniors but we have some girls on the bench who are ready to step in. If we can develop our pitching by next year, I believe we will be okay.Our batting was something we had worked on all year, that was our biggest improvement this season.” Cline continued by saying, “We batted well but they fielded well. You have give it up to Wayne, they earned every bit of it.
The Lady Miners can hang up the cleats and put the gloves in the garage.The game was scheduled to be played Tuesday but the weather held the game off for almost a week. The boys sectional tournament will begin next week however, the weather does not look promising for next week either.
Scores by inning:
Mingo: 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 2 2
Wayne: 2 0 0 3 3 – 8 4 0
(William Plaster is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at [email protected], 304-235-4242 ext. 2274, or @sidplaster on twitter)