Two big innings sink ‘Cats

In the second inning Monroe hit the ball and scored seven runs, and in the sixth inning five hits and three errors led to six additional Bearcat runs crossing the plate.

In between, Oak Harbor played hard against league-leading Monroe, but came up on the short end of a 17-3 score in a Tuesday WesCo North softball game called after six innings of action on the 10-run rule.

Monroe manufactured its first run in the opening inning on a walk, a stolen base, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly, and bunched together three singles to take a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Bearcats added seven more runs on seven hits off Oak Harbor pitcher Kayla Ratliff.

Undaunted, Ratliff started the Wildcats’ second inning by stroking a three ball and no strike offering from Monroe pitcher Jordan Birch over the left field fence in front of the scoreboard to make the score 9-1.

“I’ve been working a lot on my hitting lately and she threw me one that was right down the middle,” Ratliff said.

After Monroe scored a single run in the top of the third inning, the Wildcats narrowed the margin on a two-out, two-run double by Jessica Kallander in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 10-3.

Unfortunately, that was as close as Oak Harbor (0-6, 2-6) would get.

Monroe’s Kayla Wangener stroked a solo home run in the fifth inning and added a three-run shot in the sixth as part of the Bearcats’ six-run uprising that put the game away.

Monore collected a total of 22 hits in the six-inning game.

Anna Skurdal had two hits for Oak Harbor.

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