HOIC softball

El Paso-Gridley spoiled Lexington’s comeback bid with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge the host Minutemen 11-9 in a Heart of Illinois Conference softball contest at Keller Park.
    The game was a makeup from an earlier scheduled date.
    It appeared as if this was going to be something of a slugfest as the two teams combined for seven runs in the first inning. The Titans put up four runs in the first but LHS scored three.
    The Minutemen then plated three more runs in the second for a 6-4 advantage. EPG tied it in the third and took a 9-6 lead in the fourth inning. It stayed that way until Lexington plated three runs in the sixth.
    The Titans got their two runs after two outs. L Landrus singled with one out, but a walk to Ashlyn Stone and a two-run single from Cheyenne Carr came with two down.
    Carr then set the Minutemen down in order in the last of the seventh for the win.
    Carr had three hits and drove in three runs for EPG. Jordan Feese had a pair of doubles and drove in a run while Stone also had two hits. Allie Paternoga had a double and one RBI and Hannah Cobbley singled and drove in two runs. Gabbie Guthrie had a hit and RBI and Kayla Rote singled.
    Carr got the win in the win in the circle in relief. She struck out three. Rote started, giving up six runs on seven hits while fanning two in five innings. Stone gave up three runs in a third of an inning.
    Maddie Underhill took the loss after giving up seven runs in six innings of relief. She struck out nine. Hannah Crouch started and gave up four runs with three punchouts in one inning.
    Raelyn Payne tripled and singled and Jayden Standish had a pair of hits and two RBIs in leading the LHS offense. Kaitlyn Little had a double and two RBIs and Kaitlyn Tammen had a hit and RBI. Hannah Hamilton also singled.