(Photos by Josh Mills, Staff)
BENTON -- For most of the season, the Kelly Lady Hawks have scored late in a game but have managed to pick up wins on the softball diamond. On Monday, they continued their habit of waiting as they waited until the fourth inning to rattle the bats, but they proved victorious over the Delta Lady Bobcats 9-1.
Kelly's Heather Beggs kept the Lady Bobcats guessing at the plate as she threw seven solid innings for the Lady Hawks.
Beggs picked up the win and throughout seven innings she gave up just one earned run on nine hits while walking just two.
As for their scoring habits, Ratledge said she has no problem with their late offensive output, as long as it keeps on happening.
In the fourth, Haley Glastetter walked to lead off the inning followed by Casey Kern who was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Danielle Dock doubled to score both runners then scored herself as Brittany Brantley changed places with her by doubling into the gap to pick up the RBI.
Lana Whitworth picked up the last RBI of the fourth inning on a sacrifice bunt, bringing in Brantley. After four innings in the book, Kelly led Delta 4-0.
The fifth inning was quiet for both squads and the Lady Bobcats finally got on the board in the top of the sixth after Jodi Menz led off the inning with a triple. Katie Brucker scored Menz on an RBI single, but was later hosed at the plate on a throw from Whitworth in center field.
The Lady Hawks added five runs in the bottom half of the inning after Brantley led off with a walk. Whitworth doubled in Brantley for her first RBI of the game, then Beggs singled and Londyn Backfisch reached on an error by the right fielder.
Katee Moore picked up an RBI on a single in the inning and Backfisch, Moore and Glastetter all scored before the inning came to a close. Kern also picked up her only RBI on a single in the sixth.
Kendra Burnett was handed the loss for the Lady Bobcats. Burnett threw all seven innings and gave up 10 hits and six free passes via four walks and two hit batters. At the plate she was 2-for-4 with a single and a double which came on the first pitch of the game.
Other offensive producers for Delta were Menz, 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk and a run, Courtney Beggs, 2-for-3 with two singles and Samantha Bartels, 2-for-3 with two singles.
"In general I thought we played very well," said Delta head coach Laura Brown after the game. "Our defense kept us in the ballgame."
Brown said that the defense was steady up until the sixth inning where they accumulated a few errors and the Lady Hawks capitalized with a few unearned runs.
As for her pitcher, Brown said that she thought she did well despite the few errors behind her in the field.
"She kept hitting a lot of fine spots," said Brown. "Even some of their best hitters didn't put the ball in play."
At the dish for Kelly, Kern and Brantley provided most of the damage. Kern finished the day 2-for-3 with two singles, a free pass after being hit by a pitch, a run scored and an RBI.
Brantley was 2-for-2 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Glastetter chipped in with a 1-for-1 performance with two walks, a single, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and scored twice.
Up next for the Lady Hawks is a road game at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Cape Central.