Waynesboro uses seven-run second inning to take down James Buchanan, 8-6. Video by Lizi Arbogast
James Buchanan's softball team constantly preaches winning each inning.
On Thursday afternoon, it won almost every inning. But it was the second inning, which Waynesboro dominated, that made all the difference in a Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
The Maidens scored seven runs in the second frame, then held off James Buchanan's rally for an 8-6 victory.
"That was a very important not only inning, but game altogether," Waynesboro's Tiff Stull said. "We haven't beaten JB in three years, and this actually puts us above them in our division, so this was a very important game."
Stull was the spark for the Maidens (6-3, 3-1 MPC) in the inning. After Jenna Powell led off with a walk, Stull smashed one over the fence to give Waynesboro an early lead. After that, the Maidens reeled off five straight hits, including a bases-clearing triple from Katie Wise, who scored an unearned run on the same play.
"I knew we had a good hitting team, and it seems like when we throw a couple hits together, it gets contagious," 'Boro coach Aaron Burke said. "That's been our thing all year - we keep passing that stick down through the lineup, and we put pressure on teams by good baserunning."
From there, it was pretty much all JB (4-3, 1-3 MPC).
The Rockets immediately answered with three runs in the bottom of the second, and got an RBI single from Harley Rife in the third and a two-RBI double from Charity Miller in the fourth. But it was simply not enough.
"We spotted them seven runs, and that's a big hole to get down," JB coach Troy Pittman said. "I kept telling the girls to just win one inning at a time. We hit the ball hard, but they made some very good plays. I give Waynesboro credit."
The teams combined for 21 hits. Miller led the Rockets with three hits, including a pair of doubles, while Carly Caron also added two hits. For the Maidens, Wise and Nicole Kreimer each connected twice.