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Softball—Lady Wildcats slip past Lebanon 9-8 as Richetto claims win

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The Wilson Central Lady Wildcat Softball team did not have the start that Head Coach Shaun Smith would have liked.  Although the team did have a early 2-0 lead over Lebanon, it was the Lady Blue Devils who took control in the 2nd and 3rd innning scoring 4 runs in each to leave what many were thinking a very steep up hill climb.  In the bottom of the first, Wilson Central crossed home plate as Kayla Richetto scored from 2nd base on a Brooke Pfefferle line drive to deep centerfield.

195cb511e045942c-P1010814Richetto went 3-4 with 2 doubles off the right center field wall to keep the Lady Cats within reach as Pfefferle had 3 hits of her own to allow the comeback to take place. In the same inning with 2 outs, Laney Tucker scored from second base on a Kenzie Meador line drive to left field to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Lady Wildcats after one inning of play.    Lebanon changed pitchers in the 3rd leading 8-2 and that’s when the Lady Wildcats made their move.  With no outs in the bottom of the 4th, Wilson Central loaded the bases and took advantage of the situation scoring 4 runs of their own to reduce the Lebanon lead to 8-6.  Richetto, was inserted to pitch for starter Ashley Foster in the 3rd to stave off the Lady Blue Devils onslaught.

Big hits by Laney Tucker, Richetto and Eboni Jordan and a couple of fielding miscues by Lebanon allowed for Wilson Central to get back into the game and finally capture the lead in the 4th inning 9-8 which turned out to the final score.  Lebanon threatened in the top of the 7th as Atwood gets a base hit up the middle off Richetto.  Smallwood was inserted as a courtesy runner for Atwood with one out.  Lebanon’s Macey Lee bunts to advance the runner to second however with a throwing Smallwood continued to third base.  During the play Lee tried to take second base but right fielder Lacey Tucker threw a strike of her own from deep right field line to second to take out Lee for the 2nd out of the inning.  With the possible tying run at third, Richetto was fired 3 strikes to end the last hope of a tie for Lebanon.  Wilson Central won their 10th game of the year looking for win number 11 and hopefully 12 as they will play Gallatin on Wednesday April 5.

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