ELBRIDGE — Although their early lead wasn't enough, Weedsport made up for it in the sixth inning.
After the Eagles tied the score in the top half, the Warriors plated three runs in the bottom half with hits by Lauren Spinlger and Trinity Davis. The Weedsport softball team held Jordan-Elbridge to a single run in the final frame in an 11-9 victory in Elbridge Wednesday afternoon.
"We started out strong, and then we dropped, but then we brought it right back up," Warriors coach Sandy Donahue said. "We told the girls 'We have to start working on our mental game and focusing on what we need to do and play with that aggressiveness. Not only at the plate, but on defense too.' We still have some miscues on defense. We know we're supposed to be there, but we're not getting there."
Davis, who was recently called up to varsity, finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Warriors.
"She's a phenomenal player, an eighth-grader," Donahue said of Davis. "I'm very excited for what the future holds for her."
Weedsport's Karena Ward registered three hits to go along with a pair of RBIs and runs. Aubrey Ouderkirk (two runs), Spingler (two runs, one RBI), and Leah Hanscomb (one run, two RBIs) also had a pair of hits.
The Warriors' Spingler struck out 12, and scattered 12 hits and six walks for the win.
For Donahue, the key — especially when the Eagles tied the score in the top of the sixth — was her team remaining positive to persevere.
"That's the heart and the confidence that comes back when they all play together," Donahue said. "I can't stress enough to them that if two or three people start getting down, it runs through our team. We have to stay positive. Most of the girls when they're up and talking at the fence, you can feel the energy. How we hit and ran things out and made things happen was huge."
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Ella Bard recorded three hits, two RBIs and a run for the Eagles. Alexis Delfavero (two runs, one RBI), Emma Morrell (three RBIs) and Mckayla Rohmer (one run) also had multiple hits.
Besides a seven-hit fifth inning, Delfavero struck out five, walked two and gave up seven hits in a complete-game performance.
"Weedsport and coach Donahue does a great job with her girls and they have hitters," Eagles coach Katie Byrnes said. "Their No. 4 hitter (Taylor Hunter) is a phenomenal player all-around, so it's tough for Lex. If you pitch her inside, she's hitting it. If you pitch her outside, she's hitting it. If you put her on base, there's probably someone behind her who can hit anyway.
"All around, (Delfavero) does a phenomenal job and I never have to worry about her doing that job on the mound. One way or another, she's got the players behind her who can make the play or she'll strike them out. She does what she has to do."
Weedsport, who was the home team because of a rainout last week, opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning. Davis put the exclamation point on the frame with a two-run double.
The Eagles answered with a four-spot in the second inning with four different girls driving in a run. Jordan-Elbridge added to its lead with a run in the fourth on a Morrell single and tacked on two more in the fifth on another hit from Morrell.
Weedsport pulled ahead by one run by batting around and plating five runs in the fifth, and after Jordan-Elbridge tied the score in the top half of the sixth, the Warriors brought home three runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Spingler and a two-RBI single by Davis.
The Eagles were able to plate one run in the seventh, but their comeback fell a couple runs short.
Both teams return to action Thursday. Weedsport hosts Cato-Meridian, while Jordan-Elbridge hits the road to take on Homer.