Col. City softball falls to Warsaw

WARSAW — The Columbia City Lady Eagles softball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday and came up short in the rain, losing 12-2.In the bottom of the third, things began to get ugly for the Lady Eagles.VanHouten walked the first runner. The second bunted for an out but advanced the runner to second.She struck out the next batter. She then threw an errant pitch which advanced the runner from second to third base.A second straight offline pitch got the runner home to give Warsaw a 1-0 lead.The batter, Kiera Stahly, then dropped a ball right outside of the infield, giving her a single.Warsaw’s workhorse, catcher Kelsey Dotson then came to the plate. Though technically ruled a double, an error by the Lady Eagles on a throw gave Dotson the chance to round the bases, giving her in essence an “in-the-park-home-run” while driving in two. The scoreboard read 4-0.After a single by Warsaw, Kayla Snider hit a double to bring in the runner, to put it at 5-0.Columbia City started the fourth inning with two ground outs. Brandt hit a home run to make it 5-1, but pitcher VanHouten hit a line drive to toward third, which the baser caught to end the top half of the fourth inning.Dotson was again at bat, and hit a ground-rule double, bringing in two runners.After getting the third out, Giffin hit a homer, bringing the score to 7-2.On an errant pitch, Snider ran home and Ousley advanced to third.Bennett was walked to put her on first, again setting up a first and third situation.On her first pitch, Kendra Marshall hit a grand-slam home run to bring everyone in and end the game on the 10-run-rule.The Lady Eagles remain undefeated at home.