By Gary Andrews
The Wabash Lady Apache softball team hosted the Lady Apache Classic Saturday, April 20, with Fort Wayne Canterbury, Wayne and Tippecanoe Valley paying Wabash a visit.
Wabash would play the first game of the day, picking up their first win of the season in a 6-4 victory over Canterbury.
In the first inning, the Lady Apaches scored two runs with Darrian Shepherd, Paige Worrick and Destiney Collins collecting hits to give the Lady Apaches a lead they would hold throughout the game.
Darrian Shepherd went three for three scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Paige Worrick went two for three, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Destiney Collins had a single and a double, scoring a run and had two RBI's. Montana Castro doubled and scored a run. Caprial Conner singled.
Diane King went four innings allowing three hits with five strikeouts and six walks. Distaney Collins came in relief in the fifth to receive the save to pitch three innings allowing no hits four strikeouts and no walks.
"The team played well together and worked hard with achieving a victory in their first win. Each player contributed on offense or defense," said Coach Minnick
The Lady Apaches would face Tippecanoe Valley in the championship after the Vikings defeated Wayne in game two.
Scoreless in the third, Valley would take advantage of a walk and a couple hits to take a 2-0 lead.
Wabash would pick up a run in the fourth. With two outs, Destiney Collins would reach on a fielders choice. Montana Castro comes up with a big hit to move Collins to third. Catina McCord rips a hit to the outfield to receive the RBI and Darrian Shepherd then receives a single and the side is retired.
Down 3-1, Wabash would come alive in the sixth to put four runs on the board to take a 5-3 lead. Jacinda Clark started the rally with a triple. Paige Worrick and Destiney Collins doubled, while Montana Castro hits a triple over the left fielders head to receive two RBI's.
In the seventh the Vikings tie the game, scoring two runs to send the game to extra innings.
Being the visitors on the scoreboard, Wabash went scoreless in the eighth, with Valley picking up a run in the bottom of the inning to win the classic 6-5.
Jacinda Clark had a double and a single scoring one run. Paige Worrick two for four scoring a run and a stolen base. Destiney Collins went two for four scoring two runs. Montana Castro went three for four with a triple and two RBI's and scoring a run.
Going two for four were Catina McCord, Darrian Shepherd, and Diane King.