BY PCC STAFF
Wilton High School scored the first run of the game Friday against Fort Madison’s softball team. Wilton also scored the last run, picking up the 6-1 victory over the Bloodhounds.
Fort Madison opened the game with a three up three down top of the first before a dropped third strike and an error allowed Wilton to take the early 1-0 advantage.
Wilton tripled its score with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the third inning, as Chloe Wells hit a home run to center for a 3-0 lead.
Fort Madison started the top of the fourth three up three down, before Wilton plated three more runs. Emily Coss singled with one out and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, before a Mallory Lange single brought Coss home for the 4-0 lead Kortney Drake followed with the third single of the home half of the inning to score Lange for the 5-0 lead.
Ivy Geerdes broke the Hounds’ scoreless streak on the top of the fifth inning, taking a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to trim Wilton’s lead to 5-1. Jassmine Bass tried to keep the inning alive with a two-out triple, but a groundout ended the inning the following at-bat.
Errors lured their head once again for Fort Madison in the home-half of the sixth. Lange starting the inning by hitting a ball to short that was mishandled at first. Drake hit into a fielder’s choice the following at-bat, moving Lange to second. Wells delivered with a double after, plating Drake for the 6-1 lead.
The Bloodhounds were able to get two runners on in the top of the seventh inning, but left both runners stranded, falling to Wilton 6-1.
Geerdes collected the lone run and RBI for Fort Madison. Bass had the best day at the plate for the Hounds, going 2 for 3. Kylee Cashman, Cassie Powers and Allyson Helmick also recorded hits for Fort Madison.
Powers was saddled with the loss after throwing 102 pitches over the course of six innings. She allowed 10 hits for five earned runs, walking two batters and striking out nine.
Fort Madison’s next contest is Monday at home vs. Fairfield and then Tuesday against Burlington at Fort Madison High School with a 5:30 p.m. start time. The Hounds are now 1-3 on the season.