MORAVIA — These two battled for the Bluegrass Conference title last season. This year, in their first of two regular season matchups, Moravia got the upper hand in a back and forth game as the Lady Mohawks would come away with a 5-3 win.
Murray made the first of four lead changes in the contest with a RBI double in the first inning against Moravia pitcher Jessica Self. Self settled down after that, retiring the next eight batters she faced by forcing a lot of soft contact.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Moravia would take advantage of a couple of huge defensive mistakes by Murray.
With Isabel Hanes on second base, Mikayla Fritz would pop up to third. The third baseman would drop the ball and then fire a throw into the outfield trying to catch Fritz advancing to second. The centerfielder then tried to catch Fritz going to third but the ball would get past the third baseman as Fritz would sprint for home and just beat out the throw for a little league-style home run on multiple errors to give Moravia a 2-1 lead.
That lead wouldn’t last long as Murray would answer with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth to retake a 3-2 lead.
Self didn’t take long to respond after giving up the lead as she would tie the game in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, her first of the season, off the top of the left field fence to retie the game.
Later in the inning with two outs, Ronnie Cormeny would come though with a RBI single to right field as Moravia was again took the lead at 4-3. Moravia would strand insurance runs on second and third as they would head to the sixth inning.
Emilee Howard gave Moravia an insurance run in the sixth. After hitting a single, three Murray wild pitches would bring her around to score to give the Lady Mohawks a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh inning.
Murray would go down in order in the seventh to improve Moravia’s conference record to 3-0.
Self had her best outing of the season in the circle, getting the win while pitching all seven innings with only 74 pitches. She would give up three runs, two earned, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Moravia (5-3) hits the road on Thursday at 6 p.m. for a Bluegrass Conference matchup against Orient-Macksburg (2-7).