Softball Completes Comeback to Earn First Win Before Dropping Game Two

Cameron Barber (Photo by: Trent Spruell)
Cameron Barber (Photo by: Trent Spruell)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Ohio Dominican's softball team earned their first win of the season in comeback fashion as they defeated Shorter by a final score of 12-11 before dropping game two 6-1 to Montevallo on day two of the Charger Chillout in Huntsville, Alabama.

Cameron Barber's (Powell, Ohio) single in the bottom of the fifth that scored Kristin Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) and Farmer proved to be the game-winner as the Panthers completed their comeback from down 7-1.

The Panthers trailed 4-0 after the top of the first before Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) scored Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) on a fielder's choice in the bottom half to put the Panthers down three at 4-1.

Shorter would score three more times in the second o put them up 7-1 but again, the Panthers would answer.

The bottom half of the second saw ODU's Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) shoot one up the middle which scored Emma Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio) and Jessica Newberry (Inverness, Florida.) to cut the Panther deficit back down to four a 7-3.

After a scoreless third inning from both teams, the Panthers continued putting runs on the board to tie the game at 7-7. Farmer doubled to deep left field that scored Mix and Hackerd which was followed up by a triple from Bales that scored Farmer. Barber knotted the game at 7-7 with a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Shorter would score three times in the fifth to retake the lead at 10-7 but once again, the Panthers answered in the bottom half.

The Panthers would score five times in the bottom half as Farmer reached on another fielder's choice where Bergman scored to begin the overhaul. Bales would once again single up the middle to score Hackerd to make the score 10-9. Maria Simmonds (Columbus, Ohio) would walk with the bases loaded that scored Mix to tie the game at 10-10. That is when Barber ripped her single up the middle to score a pair.

Barber would get the win in the circle for the Panthers while Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) would get the save for the Panthers.

Game two saw the Panther offense struggle to convert with runners on base as they left 11 runners on base.

ODU would leave two runners on base in each of the first three innings while the Hawks would take a 6-0 lead through the first four innings.

The only Panther run of the game came on a Bales triple that scored Landry Slider (Stow, Ohio) in the fifth inning.

Slider and Raemon Meents (Downers Grove, Illinois) each were 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Panther offense.

Ohio Dominican (1-3) wraps up the Charger Chillout on Sunday, February 10 with first pitch coming at 9 a.m. CT and 11 a.m. CT taking on Georgia College and Miles.