The Seneca softball team relished a close victory against LaFarge Monday night at home in the Seneca highlands.
The action went on for six-and-a-half innings, with the Wildcats barely falling short of tying things up despite an impressive rally in the top of the sixth. Seneca consistently answered any Wildcat runs and added more besides to eventually pocket a 10-8 ballgame.
It looked good for Seneca after the first two innings. They answered a Wildcat run with two of their own in the bottom of the first and added a third run in the second. LaFarge fought back in the third, and tied it up at three apiece. Seneca responded in the bottom of the fourth with a single run, and added two more in their fifth inning appearance, to make it a 6-3 ballgame going into the sixth.
It seemed for a moment that the ballgame might go the Wildcats’ way after a dramatic five-run inning for LaFarge in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats held the lead briefly with a score of 8-6.
However, Seneca fired back, tying the ballgame and then adding two more runs in a four-run at-bat. It was 10-8 in the top of the seventh, the last chance for LaFarge, and it was not meant to be for the Wildcats. Their scoreless half inning ended the game.
Seneca saw 11 hits and 10 runs in the game. They had seven errors.
Brianna Brockway was given the win with six innings pitched, which included six strikeouts and two batters walked.
Megan Detner pitched seven innings for the Wildcats, striking out three and walking four.
Leading hitters for Seneca included Taylor Redman, who went 2-3, and Brianna Brockway and Heather Wall, who each went 2-4. Heather Wall hit a double and a triple. Abby Kramer also hit a double.
The win put the Seneca Indians at 9-11 overall, 8-6 in conference play.