UTICA — Utica Redskins pitcher Tamra Londot (4-10, 1.76 ERA) struck out 10 batters and got plenty of run support as her team cruised to a 9-3 victory over visiting Fredericktown in Mid-Buckeye Conference softball on Tuesday afternoon.
The Redskins were clinging to a 3-2 advantage after shortstop Aubrey Mendez (.321) and second baseman Bridget Davis (.311) both singled and scored in the bottom of the third.
It was the fifth inning when the Redskins capitalized on some Freddies errors. Mendez reached on an error to Fredericktown right fielder Kristen Frazier, who misjudged a flyball. Davis, singled to move her around. First baseman Alli Millat (3-for-4, .417) drove in Mendez with a single. Lareese Marston (.345) reached on a fielders’ choice as the Freddies tried to cut down Davis, who was headed toward home. Davis scored on an error by Fredericktown catcher Shannon Bywaters, raising the Redskins’ lead to 5-2.
“One of the things we have struggled with all year is that Tamra has been pitching really well,” said Utica coach Kayla Shoemaker. “We just haven’t been getting the hits we needed to back her up. I think that gave her a little more confidence to finish strong. It’s good for us to finally start hitting the ball and score runs.”
Fredericktown pitcher Danielle Goeppinger walked no one and was only charged with five of the Redskins’ nine runs, but that provided little solace for the Freddies.
“The big (fifth) inning was because of our mistakes,” said Fredericktown coach Jeff Keener. “(Utica’s) first hit gets two unearned runs, which changes the entire game. We gave them nine extra outs this game. You can’t do that against a good ball club like Utica.”
Londot singled home a run and right fielder Erin Rodgers doubled in another to stretch the Redskins’ lead to 8-2 — a high hill to climb for any team facing Londot.
“As the game goes on, I get warmed up even more,” said Londot. “So, come the seventh inning, my arm is even more warmed up and ready to go. In the cold weather, it’s harder, but you have to adjust.”
Both teams are off today, but will be back in action on Thursday. Utica will host Mount Gilead, and Fredericktown hosts Danville.