LEES CREEK — The Miami Trace Lady Panthers were looking to halt an early-season three-game skid as they visited East Clinton for an SCOL match-up Friday evening.
After back-to-back games each with seven errors, Miami Trace shored up its defense, with just two errors on the day, winning 11-5.
Olivia Wolffe pitched the compete game for the win. She allowed 13 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) with no walks and four strikeouts.
Miami Trace continued to hit the ball well, collecting 13 hits, eight of which were doubles.
Jessica Camp went 3 for 4 with three doubles, three rbi and two runs scored for the Lady Panthers.
Wolffe hit a pair of doubles, scored one and drove in three.
Megan Self had two hits, including a double, scoring twice and driving in two.
Whitney Cockerill was 2 for 4 with one run, two rbi and one double.
Miami Trace jumped out on East Clinton, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring five runs in the first inning.
Cassidy Lovett reached on an error and soon scored on a double by Self.
Wolffe drew a walk and one out later, Taylor Barrett reached on an error that allowed Self to score.
Brooke Henry reached on an error and Cockerill hit a single, scoring Barrett and Henry.
Ashley Campbell singled and Camp doubled, scoring Cockerill.
East Clinton scored one in the first and one in the second.
After a scoreless third inning, Miami Trace scored four in the top of the fourth.
Camp led off with a double, followed by a walk to Lovett.
Self singled, scoring Camp.
Wolffe hit a double that scored Lovett and Self.
One out later, Barrett singled, scoring Tabby Landrum who was running for Wolffe.
East Clinton responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Miami Trace put two more runs on the board in the top of the seventh.
Camp smacked her third double with one away.
With two out in the inning, Napier hit a double that scored Camp.
Wolffe then followed with a double that plated Napier.
Miami Trace head coach Terry Smith talked about his defense coming around Friday.
“We’re a lot better than that,” Smith said. “They showed it tonight. Our throws tonight were pretty much right on target; nice, strong throws. We were happy with that.
“Olivia, that was her first varsity win,” Smith said. “Both of my freshmen have a win now (referring to Maddie Mossbarger’s win against Zane Trace). That’s pretty nice.
“Again, the bats…getting eight doubles in the game…we hit the ball hard,” Smith said. “We worked on hitting last night in practice.
“I was happy to see Whitney get two hits tonight,” Smith said. “She worked hard in practice last night. She asked Coach (Joe) Henry to pitch to her some after the other girls had left. It paid off; her swing was totally different. I moved Whitney down out of the lead-off spot, hoping to take some of the pressure off. She responded, so, that was a bright spot.
“Everybody has been hitting the ball,” Smith said. “I hope it continues.
“Jessica Camp had an exceptional game tonight,” Smith said. “She threw a runner out at second and almost picked a girl off at first.”
Miami Trace (2-3 overall, 1-1 SCOL) is at Madison Plains Saturday for a doubleheader, along with Marion Elgin, beginning at 1 p.m.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Cassidy Lovett, 1-3, 2 runs, 1 bb; Emylee Grooms, 0-1; Megan Self, 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 1 2b; Harmonee Napier, 1-1, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 2b; Olivia Wolffe, 2-4, 1 run, 3 rbi, 2 2b; Alexis Schwartz, 0-3, hbp twice; Taylor Barrett, 1-3, 1 run, 1 rbi; Sara Rowland, 0-1; Brooke Henry, 0-3, 1 run, 1 rbi; Whitney Cockerill, 2-4, 1 run, 2 rbi, 1 2b; Ashley Campbell, 1-3; Tabby Landrum, 0-1, 1 run; Jessica Camp, 3-4, 2 runs, 3 2b, 3 rbi.
Offensively for East Clinton: Boeckman, 2-4; Spence, 1-3, 1 2b; Smith, 0-1; Cox, 1-4, 1 run, 1 rbi; Bailey, 1-4; Durban, 0-0, 1 run; Pirman, 2-4, 1 run; Osborne, 2-2, 1 run; Benner, 0-2; Dunn, 0-0, 1 sac.; Rice, 1-3; Hall, 1-4; Peterman, 2-3, 1 rbi.
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