WC beats Meridian in softball playoffs

Published 5:35 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warren Central’s slow-pitch softball team is entering uncharted territory.

Cocoa Fultz beat the throw from an infielder on a play at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday, giving Warren Central a 6-5 win over Meridian and a sweep of its second-round MHSAA Class III playoff series.

The Lady Vikes won Game 1 of the best-of-three series 10-4. They advanced to play Harrison Central in the third round. That series will be played at Warren Central on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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This is the first time Warren Central (17-6) has been past the second round of the playoffs since 2000. It had lost in the second round in both 2015 and 2016.

“It’s exciting to move on since we have been stuck for the past two years,” Warren Central coach Dana McGivney said.

The Lady Vikes have certainly had some exciting moments in these playoffs. Tuesday’s series mirrored their first-round matchup with West Harrison, when they easily won Game 1 and then had to scrape out a victory in Game 2.

Fultz and Dominique Caldwell each went 4-for-4 in the 10-4 victory in Game 1 against Meridian. Caldwell doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Fultz homered and had two RBIs. Kaitlyn Mitchell and Kaylee Hoeft also had three hits apiece.

In Game 2, Warren Central jumped out to a 3-0 lead but saw it slip away when Meridian scored four times in the top of the fourth inning. WC regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Laura Reagan Logue and a sacrifice fly by Mitchell, and then Meridian tied it with a home run in the seventh.

Warren Central then started its winning rally in the bottom of the seventh by loading the bases with one out, on a single by Mitchell, an error and a walk.

Meridian got the second out when Hoeft hit a grounder to the shortstop and Mitchell was forced out at home. Kelsey Lockridge followed with another ground ball to short, but Fultz was able to beat the throw home for the game-winning run to send the Lady Vikes on to the next round.