Miami and Welch stood eyeball to eyeball in a pitcher's duel here Saturday morning - and the Lady Wardogs blinked.
A wild pitch with two out in the top of the seventh inning gave Welch the only run of the game during the Lady Wildcats 1-0 victory at Turner Field.
“We seemed to threaten every other inning, which is a good sign,” Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “We hit the ball well, but they made some nice plays.”
“Welch did a good job of getting themselves in a position to win,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said.
Jordan Amos singled to left and was sacrifice to second by Sierra Hankins. Amos took third on the play and scored on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Kelsey Neal.
Welch senior Kalleigh Chrz struck out Melanie Blackburn -a former Picher-Cardin teammate - and Lacy Morgan before Veronica Arizpe singled and Haiden Rowland walked.
Chrz slammed the door shut when she got Jessica Kelly to hit a grounder to Marlow at third.
“We were in a good spot, but couldn't cash in,” Mercer said.
Chrz struck out 12 and walked two while scattering four hits.
“She pitched well, just like I figured she would,” said Mercer, who had a lineup that included two freshmen and four sophomores..
Neal had six strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
Welch didn't get its first hit until the sixth, when Chrz singled.
The Lady Wardogs left seven runners stranded and had the bases loaded in the fifth but Chrz wiggled out of trouble with a strikeout and a grounder.
Welch had a chance to break through in the fourth but Chrz was thrown out at third on a force play and Kristen Leppla was cut down at home moments later.
“You've gotta make something happen in games like this,” Schertz said.
Miami hosts Grove and Welch travels to Fairland for conference games Monday.
The Lady Wardogs split games Friday in a festival at Jay, beating Westville 3-2 before losing to Kansas, Okla., by the same score.
“The last two games, we didn't play that bad, but we don't have anything to show for it,” Mercer said.
Miami 3, Westville 2
The Lady Wardogs got what proved to be the winning runs in the third inning on a sacrifice by Neal and a solo homer by Courtnei Young.
The runs loomed large as Westville scratched out single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings.
Miami's first run came in the opening inning on singles by Kelly, Arizpe and Neal.
Shelby Jurgensmeyer had two singles for the Lady Wardogs. Cline, Blackburn and Morgan also had base hits.
Morgan picked up the victory. She had two strikeout and scattered seven hits.
Kansas 3, Miami 2
Each team scored two runs in the fourth inning, but the Lady Comets got what proved to be the winner in the fifth.
Miami's runs came on consecutive doubles by Arizpe, Neal and Young, with Young getting both RBIs.
Kelly had two singles to lead MHS' offense. Blackburn and Rowland also added singles for the Lady Wardogs.