NEW LONDON — It was a tight game through three innings at the New London softball field on Friday night, but Wapello busted the game open in the final three frames to hand the Tigers a 16-4 loss in six innings.
The Tigers led 2-0 after one inning. Kara Krieger lined an RBI-double off the fence for the first run of the game, and Marah Hartrick followed with an RBI single. New London had Wapello on their heels but the Tigers caught an unlucky break when a two-on, one-out line drive was caught and turned into an inning-ending double play.
Wapello took a 4-2 lead with four runs in the second inning. The Arrows put up another run in the third, but New London scored two more in their half of the third to cut the lead to 5-4.
The Arrows broke it wide open over the next three innings. Wapello took advantage of nine New London errors and ended up scoring the last 11 runs of the ballgame.
“The bottom line is, we made nine errors,” said head coach Mark Chiri after the game. “You can’t play with two outs and give the other team five every inning. We’d get two outs with nobody on, and then have an error and a walk, and then they’d have a couple of nice hits That was the story of the game, we gave them a second chance and they took advantage of them.”
New London has started to slide after a strong beginning to the sesaon. They are now 7-9, having lost their last six games.
The Tigers will be back at home tonight (Monday) against SEISC South Division rival Danville. New London will look for the regular season sweep of their chief rival at 7 p.m.