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GRANVILLE — After a tight loss to Putnam County two days ago, the Henry softball team was looking for another close battle with its Tri-County Conference foe.
However, things were drastically different this time around as the Lady Panthers blasted the Lady Mallards 15-0 in five innings Thursday afternoon.
Right away, the Lady Panthers put the contest away with seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Stephanie Wilson led off with a single, and moments later, she advanced into scoring position and Taylor Pettit picked up the RBI with a single of her own.
After a Lady Mallards error, Carly Gonet reached on a walk followed by Venessa Voss collecting a single.
Then Allison Voss and Nikki Mertel picked up back-to-back RBI singles that helped the Lady Panthers take a 7-0 lead into the second inning.
“It was nice to see the girls come out and hit someone (Madolyn Lou) that we had trouble with a couple of days ago,” PC coach Chris Walker said. “And anytime you get some quality hits, I don’t mean dink here and there, but lacing the ball it makes things you aspire to achieve a little bit easier. It was just really nice to see up and down the lineup hitting well today.”
In the second, Henry was looking to start getting some of those runs back as Jordan Beall singled to lead off, but was tagged out trying to score on a wild pitch.
“We just were not mentally ready to play today at all,” Henry coach Lori Stenstrom said. “This was nothing like the other day when we lost 7-3. Not sure why, but we weren’t ready today. It’s one of those days you just have forget and move on to the next.”
In the bottom of the second, Putnam County made it 8-0 when Gonet avoided the tag from Henry catcher Kayla Beall.
Putnam County made it 9-0 in the third off an RBI single from Venessa Voss, but as Pettit headed for home for another run, she was tagged out by Kayla Beall, who injured her and neck on the play.
Beall left the game and was headed to the hospital to get further evaluated, according to Stenstrom.
“She took a shot as she went for the tag,” Stenstrom said. “She was headed to the hospital just to get checked out. I think she’ll be OK, but it’s better safe than sorry with those kind of injuries.”
Shortly after Beall left the game, Annie Miller turned on a pitch and sent it down the third base line, hitting Walker in the leg. Moments later, Miller took first base after getting hit in the ankle by Cassidy Sanneman.
Things settled back down and the Lady Panthers put the nail in the coffin in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring six more runs.
Wilson, Monica Monroe, Miller and Venessa Voss all picked up RBIs to push the PC lead to 15-0.
Henry’s lone hit came from Beall in the third inning, while Lou took the loss on the circle.
For Putnam County, Wilson led with three hits while Pettit and Monroe each had two RBIs.