Kokomo softball brings wood shed to NW

Written on 04/26/2024
Patrick Munsey

Lady Wildkats return to winning ways at expense of hapless Lady Tigers

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The Northwestern girls’ softball team was in need of a win, but Kokomo weren’t in the mood to oblige them on April 22. Looking to break a losing streak of their own, the Lady Kats savaged the Lady Tigers, 11-1.

The contest started out as a competitive affair. Through three innings the score was knotted at 1-1. Kokomo’s Taylor Reed sparkled on the mound, holding Northwestern to a single run in the first. She pitched a complete game, striking out six in six innings and holding the Lady Tigers to just four hits before the run rule took effect.

Sophomore Bailey Marcus was hung for the Northwestern loss, pitching all but one-third of an inning in the game. She allowed seven earned runs on 15 hits. Two NW errors in the field allowed an additional four runs to score, accounting for the final score. She did strike out eight Lady Kats during her stint on the mound.

There was a fight at the bat rack for Kokomo in the fourth inning, as the ladies couldn’t wait to join the hit parade. They plated six runs that inning, breaking open the contest and running away with it. Four additional runs in the sixth put the game out of reach.

Reed was just as effective from the plate as she was from the mound. Her line read 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Kokomo’s Ava Federspill flexed her muscles at bat, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs.

Other offensive contributors for the Lady Kats included Lanaya Buckner (2-4, triple, RBI), Emma Lees (2-3, triple, RBI), Jordan Thatcher (1-4, double, RBI), and Lucy Goad (2-4, double, RBI).

Macy Rody provided the bulk of the offense for Northwestern on the evening. She went 2-for-2 with a triple and the Lady Tigers’ lone RBI. Addy Clark managed a double in three plate appearances.

Kokomo went on to defeat Lafayette Jefferson on April 25, improving to 7-6 on the season. They next travel to North Central High School (5-6) on April 27. The Lady Tigers couldn’t get off their slide, dropping a home-and-home against Hamilton Heights on April 24-25 and falling to 2-10. They try to right the ship on April 27 when they host South Newton.

See these photos and bonus galleries featuring both teams, courtesy of Goad Sports Media, on the Lantern’s Facebook page and group.