JOHNSONBURG – The Ramettes erased an early deficit Wednesday afternoon against visiting Kane and shook off a late rally for a 15-14 win, their first of the season.
Johnsonburg senior starting pitcher Kiana Myers picked up her first win of the season despite giving up 14 runs in a game dominated by a slew of errors and runs. Kane nearly tied the game in the top of the seventh inning as they put up five runs to cut the lead to 15-14 while putting the tying run on first base with only one out.
Kane's Kyla Hoag hit a sharp lineout back to the pitcher's circle, a shot that was snagged by Myers for the second out of the inning. Myers gunned it to first base hoping to catch the baserunner but the throw was low and rolled into foul territory.
Myers regrouped on the next at bat and got Emily Truden to roll into a 1-3 groundout to seal the game.
"I told them going into the last inning that there is 'No reason to give [Kane] any runs whatsoever,'" Johnsonburg head varsity softball coach Jenny Lewis said after the first win of the season. "We ended up giving them five runs. Kiana [Myers] usually doesn't have any walks but then she let two in a row get on there. It was exciting."
The Ramettes had an early 2-0 lead after the first inning as a single from Brittany Watts brought in Kassa Kocjancic. Watts advanced to second on a throwing error in center field and later stole second base. Watts would later score on a lackadaisical misplay after a walk was issued to Cassie Biondi.
Kane wasted little time making up the deficit as the visitors put six runs on the board in the top of the second inning.
A 2-out infield single from Alyssa Gregg brought in Tristan Hillman and an error at third base on a grounder from Daria Huckabone plated Hoag for knot the game at 2-2.
Kaila Jamerson followed with a long 3-run triple to center field to clear the bases, scoring Niki Sluga, Gregg and Huckabone for a 5-2 lead. Jamerson, who paced all players with a 5-RBI showing, would later score on an infield single from Sam Ferranto before Angie Geer hit into a 4-3 groundout to stop the damage.
Johnsonburg inched their way back into the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off a 2-run single from Myers to plate Alexa Marciniak and Danie Jo Dwyer to cut the lead to 6-4. Kocjancic, who reached base on an error at third base, would come around to score on a Biondi strikeout on a dropped third strike. The throw to first base got Biondi but Kocjancic sprinted home to pull within one run of the tie before Tommi Wildnauer hit into a 4-6 fielder's choice.
Kane put three more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning as Jamerson hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Gregg for a 2-run lead. Ferranto followed with a double to score Huckabone and a single from Geer brought in Ferranto for a 9-5 lead.
The Ramettes began an improbable rally in the bottom of the fourth inning and sent 12 batters to the plate as they scored seven runs to take a 12-9 lead.
Myers doubled to leadoff the inning and Watts was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. After an infield single from Biondi, Wildnauer hit a 2-run single to bring in Myers and Watts to cut the lead to 9-7. Katie Galsick was then hit by a pitch to again load the bases but a grounder from Brianna Fabris turned into a play at the plate as Biondi was caught in the forceout. With one out, Marciniak roped an opposite field double down the right field line to bring in Wildnauer and Galsick to tie the game at 9-all. Dwyer then hit a single to bring in Fabris and advanced to second base as the throw missed the cutoff. Kocjancic reached first base on an error from Hoag as Marciniak was able to score for an 11-9 lead.
Myers was then hit by a pitch, Hoag's third pitching gaffe of the inning. A sacrifice fly from Watts scored Dwyer for a 12-9 lead before Biondi struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Ramettes would pick up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dwyer scored as Kocjancic reached safely on another error from Hoag for a 13-9 lead. An infield single from Watts brought Kocjancic home for a 14-9 lead and after Watts stole second base, she easily scored off a triple from Biondi for a 15-9 lead. Hoag would catch Wildnauer looking and Galsick swinging to prevent further damage.
Two Kane walks put the Lady Wolves in business to start the top of the seventh inning. With two on and no outs, Huckabone stroked a single to bring in Sluga to cut the deficit to 15-10. A Jamerson single brought home Gregg and Ferranto then hit a run-scoring groundout to bring in Huckabone to cut the lead to 15-12.
An error from Kocjancic at second base on a sharply hit grounder brought in Ferranto as Geer advanced all the way to third base on the play.
A slow roller in the grass led to an error at shortstop as Geer trotted in to cut the lead to one run but Myers retired the next two batters for the win.
"Coming into the season, I think everyone thought we'd be winning more than we have. We just weren't winning and that was obviously letting everybody down but we've been competitive in the last few games," Lewis said. "We lost to DCC and Bradford by one run, and we know we should've won those games. I'm hoping this win leads to more.
"We were OK with errors earlier in the game and we moved a few positions around, I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it. We're been hitting well and scoring upwards of 10 runs every game lately, it just came together."