BUCYRUS — Just 24 hours after upsetting Colonel Crawford, the Wynford softball team was unable to do the same against rival Bucyrus on Wednesday as the Royals fell, 15-7.
“I think we had a little mental letdown,” Wynford coach Dave Ujvari said. “We played well against (Colonel) Crawford, but it’s tough to keep that intensity for two days in a row. I think that’s where our team is lacking right now — keeping up that intensity and desire.”
The Redmen (16-7, 7-1 North Central Conference) took an early 8-3 lead after scoring two runs in the third inning before the Royals (9-12, 5-5 NCC) were able to chip away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the score to 10-7.
“We got it back to 10-7 and we were feeling pretty confident at that point,” Ujvari said, “But then (Macy Sheerer) hit a double and that was the big blow.”
The hit ignited a five-run seventh inning for Bucyrus, leaving too much ground to make up.
Sheerer, Kylie Thompson, Laney Mollenkopf and Hannah Wyeth each had two hits for the Redmen, while Taylor Rossman picked up the pitching victory as she struck out five.
Shannon Miller took the pitching loss as she walked four and was unable to record a strikeout as her defense committed six errors behind her.
Leading the Royals’ offense was Andi Perdue, who had two hits. Miller, Reegan Scott, Kayle Ort, Kayli Stuckman and Amber Cain all contributed singles.
The win keeps Bucyrus a game up in the Black Division standings over Upper Sandusky (8-2 NCC), who defeated Galion 10-3 on Wednesday. Bucyrus closes out league action with a game at Riverdale on Friday and home against Buckeye Central on Monday. The Rams have three NCC contests remaining.
Wynford resumes play by hosting Buckeye Central at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Score by innings
Bucyrus 512 020 5 — 15 10 2
Wynford 300 013 0 — 7 8 6
WP: Rossman; LP: Miller.
2B: Sheerer (B).