Six home runs highlighted the night as Class 3A 10th ranked Yorktown rallied for 8 runs in the top of the 7th inning then held on for a 19-17 victory over Monroe Central in varsity softball Thursday evening.
Yorktown took a 6-0 lead in the first with the big blow being a grand slam. In the bottom half of the inning Faith Cope walked then Mikaela McGrath blasted a 2-run home run. With the score 8-2 in the 3rd, Adrianna Hardy and Abreana Gaddis had back-to-back singles, Samantha Roderick doubled, McGrath walked, Jocelyn Peckham singled, then Cassi Buis had a 3-run double to left center bringing MC within 8-7.
Yorktown added a run in the top of the 4th after their 2nd home run of the game making the score 9-7. The Tigers would strike again in the top of the 5th scoring one run to push the lead to 10-7. McGrath hit her record-tying second home run of the game in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 10-8 and keeping MC within striking distance.
After Yorktown added another home run to make their lead stand at 11-8, Monroe Central put together a solid 6th inning effort at the dish and took a 12-11 by the time it was over.
After Hardy got her 3rd hit of the game with one out, Gaddis followed with her second hit of the contest. Roderick walked to load the bases for McGrath, who hit a shot off the left field fence for a 2-run double and just missing her 3rd home run of the night. With the score 11-10, Peckham had a two-run hit to give the Bears their first lead of the contest at 12-11.
Yorktown collected their 4th home run of the night in the top of the 7th and led 19-12 by the time the offensive outpouring was over.
But the Lady Bears were not done against the mighty Tigers in the bottom of the 7th. After a lead off single by Alexi Paine, Hardy collected her 4th hit of the game, then Gaddis’ 3rd hit of the contest pushed a run across the plate. McGrath had an RBI single and chalked up her 6th RBI of the contest.
Peckham then singled in a run to cut the deficit to four. Jordyn Barga’s RBI double brought the score to 19-16. Peckham then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 19-17, but despite outhitting the Lady Tigers 18-16 the rally was cut just short and MC fell to 1-1 on the year.
Senior Mikaela McGrath was seeing the ball well as she was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, a single, and a walk. Her two home runs tied a school record for home runs in a game.
The Lady Bears are back in action Saturday at Winchester in a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m.