CLEGHORN - The young Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn softball team continued to show vast improvement on both sides of the ball here Wednesday night, with an exciting 10-9 War Eagle Conference upset over #3 Akron-Westfield.
The Eagles, led by veteran former Cherokee coaches Steve Blair and Leo Hupke, rocked to a 10-1 lead over the 21-7 Westerners after scoring one run in the first inning, eight in the fourth, and another in the fifth, while A-W scored one in the third.
"After five innings it is 10-1 and several of my players came off the field talking 10-run rule," said Blair of his youthful club. "I gave them the wisdom of my coaching experience but it fell on deaf ears... youth has to learn the hard way at times."
Stephanie Specht pitched 5 1/3 innings to get the win, allowing four runs on four hits. Kayla Foresman relieved her and pitched 1 2/3 innings to get the save, while allowing five runs on six hits. She struck out the final batter with the tying run on second base for the Westerners.
Jackie Holmes was 3-3 with two RBI to lead MMC at the plate, while Mariah Walton was 2-3 with two RBI.
Monica Harvey had three hits for A-W, and Jordan Harris had two hits.
MMC is now 11-12 over all and 7-9 in the WEC, while A-W is 21-7 and 14-2.
The Eagles host Granville Spalding in Cleghorn tonight to end regular season play, then hit the tourney trail beginning Wednesday.