Latta’s 17-7 victory over Depew Friday was as ugly as the weather at Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Lady Panthers — 16-0 winners over Wright City in their first game of the afternoon — banged out 14 hits and took advantage of eight Depew errors on a cold afternoon when wind gusts reportedly reached 50 miles per hour; ironically, none of those miscues came in a nine-run fourth-inning outburst that ended the game on the run rule.
Latta 17, Depew 7
Latta (17-6) took advantage of Depew’s last five errors to score five times on three hits in the bottom of the third to wipe out a 7-3 deficit and take an 8-7 lead. Winning pitcher Siera Green then shut out Depew (11-5 and ranked No. 16 in Class 3A) in the top of the fourth, and the Lady Panthers (who moved up to No. 2 in Class 4A in the latest coaches rankings) sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
Carlee Henderson started Latta’s fourth-inning rally with a sharp single to right-center, and she ended it by lining a triple to the wall in right-center to plate the game’s final two runs. In between, Devin Lyon, Shelby Parnacher, Nicala Price and Kaitlin Hisaw delivered RBI singles, and Casey Lefever — who hit her first varsity home run earlier in the day — added a two-run triple to right-center.
Over the first three innings, though, Depew’s offense was much more efficient than Latta’s; unfortunately for the Lady Hornets, their defense wasn’t nearly as good.
Depew snapped a 3-3 tie with four runs on five hits — inluding RBI singles by Amanda Looney and losing pitcher Jimmy Davis — in the top of the third before imploding on defense in the bottom of the inning.
Lyon delivered the first three runs in the third when Depew right fielder Morgan Williams appeared to lose her line drive down the line in the sun. Lyon, Makenzi Lamb (who had reached on an error leading off) and Green circled the bases as the ball rolled into the right field corner. Madison Abney and Parnacher reached on errors following Lyon’s homer, and Abney and Brianna Hanson — who erased Parnacher at second on a fielder’s choice — scored the final two runs in the frame on Depew’s last two errors in the game.
Lyon finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and she added an RBI double in Latta’s two-run first inning to her three-run shot in the third. Hisaw, Henderson, Green, Price and Lefever added two hits apiece for the Lady Panthers, who got at a hit and/or a run scored and/or an RBI from all 11 hitters in the batting order.
Looney, Davis and leadoff hitter Christian Varnell had two apiece to key Depew’s eight-hit attack.
Latta 16, Wright City 0
Latta put the game away with an 11-run first-inning explosion highlighted by Lefever’s first varsity home run — an inside-the-park grand slam — and a two-run shot (her fifth of the season) by Henderson. Hisaw also had an RBI single in the inning, during which Latta sent 14 batters to the plate.
In the second, Lyon ignited a five-run rally with a leadoff triple and scored the Lady Panthers’ 12th run on a single by Abney. Cheyenne Crews, who had doubled in the first inning, added an RBI single in the second, and joined Lefever to pace Latta’s eight-hit attack.