The Rolla softball team (2-17, 0-7 OC) hosted Waynesville (11-12, 6-4 OC) for an Ozark Conference matchup on Monday, Sept. 25. The Lady Bulldogs kept things close for the first three innings, but Waynesville exploded for nine runs in the fourth on their way to a 15-3 win.
Waynesville scored four runs in the first two innings with a little help from walks and errors. Rolla scored a run of their own when Maycie Montgomery launched a solo shot, bringing the score to 4-1, before the game went off the rails in the fourth. Rolla was able to get a quick double play to get the first two outs of the inning, but Emalee Grooms struggled on the mound after that. Grooms allowed Afatia Poinsette to reach base and Poinsette took advantage by swiping second and third. Megan Pattison then walked for Waynesville and stole second base. Poinsette was able to score on a passed ball after Grooms hit Morgan Loggins. Malia Jennings then smacked a two-run double for the Lady Tigers. Grooms went on to walk the next three batters, allowing another run to score.
After walking in a run, Grooms was replaced by Bailey Pierce on the mound. Grooms stayed in the game to play second base. The freshman pitcher was dealt a bases loaded situation and buckled a bit under the pressure in her second varsity pitching appearance. She walked her first batter before Mea Williams roped a two-run double. The bases were loaded back up again when Pierce hit Poinsette. Waynesville added two more runs on wild pitches and passed balls before Mackenzie Proffitt ended the inning with a great running catch in right field. Rolla got out of the inning, but Waynesville's lead ballooned to 13-1.
Rolla was able to get two runs across in the fourth after a single by Montgomery and a double by Kristynn Hufford set up Chloe Wood for a sac fly. Hufford then came around to score on a groundout by Pierce. That tightened the gap to 13-3, but that was the closest the game would get.
Waynesville added two more runs in the fifth on a groundout and a single by Isabella Pondrom. Rolla got a two out triple by Grooms in the bottom of the inning, but she was stranded at third and the game ended for a 15-3 win for the Lady Tigers.
Waynesville will have a little time off now before hosting Joplin on Monday, Oct. 2.