The Wetumpka and Elmore County softball teams each hosted the other for a game last week with the road team coming away with a win in both games.
Tuesday, Wetumpka traveled across the river to Eclectic for a non-area matchup with the Panthers. The Indians jumped in front with two runs on two errors in the first inning before Elmore County began battling back.
The Panthers took their first lead of the game after Madison Britt hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to put ECHS ahead 4-3. The Panthers extended that lead to 6-3 with back-to-back RBI doubles by Madelyn Becker and Kelina Daniels in the fourth inning.
Wetumpka quickly stormed back, scoring three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game. The Indians blew the game open in the sixth inning with five different players knocking in runs during the seven-run inning.
The Indians added another run in the seventh inning, scoring the final 11 runs of the game in a 14-6 victory. Lily Gray led the way with three hits and three RBIs for the Indians. Savannah Shoemaker got the win in the circle after pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief, while striking out three and allowing just one hit.
Elmore County got its revenge two days later with a comeback victory of its own in Wetumpka. It was the first game this season Wetumpka hosted at its on-campus field but the Panthers played spoiler.
Runs were limited in the opening innings with Wetumpka’s Rebeka Cannon and Elmore County’s Maci Curlee exchanging scoreless frames through the first four innings.
Wetumpka struck first, taking the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Anna Kate Norton gave the Indians a 2-0 lead after her first hit of the game brought home Mya Holt.
Markie Hicks added an RBI single in the sixth inning to put Wetumpka ahead 3-0 with Elmore County down to its final three outs at the plate. Curlee and CJ Thornton got hits to put two runners in scoring position but Wetumpka got two outs before any runs scored.
The Panthers saw their next four batters reach base and took the lead after back to back two-run singles by Becker and Daniels. Curlee returned to the circle with a 5-3 lead and pitched a perfect inning in the bottom of the seventh to give Elmore County the win.