Multiple Teams · Lady Bears sweep Winchester, now 3-1

Monroe Central’s varsity softball team swept county rival Winchester in a doubleheader Saturday. The first game was tight but the Lady Bears pulled out a 15-11 win in 8 innings. Faith Cope hurled a 3-hit shutout in game 2 as MC swept with a 10-0 win.

Game 1 saw the Lady Bears build a 3-1 after three innings, and MC added a 4-spot in the fourth to lead 7-1. Abreana Gaddis doubled to start the 4th, then pinch runner Laura Stoops scored on Jordyn Barga’s single. Mikaela McGrath walked, and Barga scored on a  fielder’s choice by Ashleigh Comer.  Faith Cope would then push Buis across the plate with a triple then scored on a wild pitch to give the Bears a 7-1 lead.

Winchester scored 6 times in the fifth to tie the game. Each team tacked on 3 runs over the next 2 innings before a 5-run explosion sent the Lady Bears to an extra inning win.

McGrath led off the 8th with a double and scored as Gaddis picked up her 3rd RBI of the game. Barga would get a base hit followed by hits from Adrianna Hardy and Cassi Buis who pushed Stoops across the plate.  Comer would then lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Hardy to 3rd and Buis to 2nd. Cope then connected on a 2-run single.

Gaddis was 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI’s, while Cope was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, 3 RBI’s, a double and a triple. Barga was 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, McGrath had a 3-for-5 game with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. MC stole 6 bases in the game with McGratha and Cope each getting 2.

Barga was the winning pitcher throwing 7 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits, 4 earned runs, walking five and striking out 7.

Game 2 saw the Lady Bears lead 7-0 after three innings and cap off a 10-run rule win in the minimum 5 innings.

MC would grab two runs in the top of the first with singles from Cope, Gaddis and Samantha Roderick. Cope would score on Roderick’s single and Gaddis would score on a groundout by Jocelyn Peckham.
In the 2nd inning, the Lady Bears would add four runs. With one out, Lexi Paine and Cope each singled, then scored on a  double by Roderick for her 3rd RBI of the contest.  McGrath would then push Roderick across the plate with a single followed by a single from Barga giving the Lady Bears a 6-0 .
MC capped off the win in the 5th inning, as Leanna Feaster doubled, Cope collected her 3rd hit of the contest, then stole second. Feaster scored on a hit from Roderick then Cope came home on McGrath’s RBI single.
Roderick and Cope led the way with 3 hits each, while Roderick also drove in 3 runs. Gaddis, Barga, Paine, and McGrath each had 2 hits, while McGrath also stole 3 bases.
Cope pitched a complete game 3-hit shutout, walking four and fanning three.
The Lady Bears (3-1) will be back in action tonight at home with their 1st conference contest against Wes-Del.