WELCH — Scoring the deciding run with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Welch clipped Copan 6-5 in the Class A District 8 slow pitch softball tournament here Thursday, April 19.
The 10th-ranked Lady Wildcats (20-6) rolled 11-0 in the opener.
It originally was to be a three-team district, but Shidler forfeited due to numbers problems.
Welch 6, Copan 5
Olivia Pitcher led off the Welch sixth with a double. Emily Piercefield singled and Halle Rupert got the run home with an infield hit.
Copan had the tying run on first in the top of the seventh when Sarah singled up the middle with one out.
However, winning pitcher Madisen Horton shut the threat down with a called third strike, then by picking Sarah Owens off at first.
Copan broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first only to have Welch score three times in it’s half of the inning.
The Lady Hornets regained the lead with three in the third, but Welch used a two-run rally in its half of the third to take a 4-3 but Copan tied the game in the top of the fifth.
The Lady Hornets held a 17-16 edge in hits.
Olivia Pitcher headed up Welch’s offense by going 4-for-4 with a three-run homer in the first inning and a double.
Olivia Chenoweth, Ashlee Morgan and Brennae Perkins all had two singles.
Madison Horton doubled and Alex Arnold, Maddi Schaper, Emily Piercefield, Halle Rupert and Jessie Pitcher added singles.
Owens was 4-for-4 for Copan.
Sydney Hawkins went 3-for-3 with a triple and Kolbey O’Rourke had a 3-for-3 effort.
Toni Stewart chipped in with a double and single and Brea Nash added two singles.
Welch 11, Copan 0
Horton blanked the Lady Hornets on five hits.
Welch jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and added five in the second.
The Lady Wildcats tallied single runs in the third and fourth frames.
Olivia Pitcher delivered a two-run home run in the first and a triple.
Arnold contributed a triple and single and Perkins and Horton doubled and singled.
Piercefield collected two singles.
Morgan belted a two-run homer in the first, Madison Gilman doubled and Chenoweth, Taylor Foust and Jessie Pitcher all had singles.