By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
It took the Lady Patriots more than a month to earn their first victory of the season.
But, they broke that losing streak in dramatic fashion Friday in Richmond.
Model Laboratory (1-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a 6-5 victory over Jackson City. Hayley Hunt provided the winning run, scoring from third on an error with two outs.
Junior Grace Weitcamp went the distance in the circle and had a career-high 10 strikeouts.
“We’ve come a long, long way,” Model coach Amy Kaylor said. “We started from the very beginning and they’ve become a team. I couldn’t be prouder as a coach. I’m very proud of them. They didn’t give up. They fought until the end and last year’s team would have given up. They would have been done.”
The Lady Patriots hadn’t played in two weeks and because of cancellations and rainouts were playing only their fifth game of the season.
Jackson City had already played 22 games.
The Lady Tigers took advantage of three errors in the second inning to score twice.
Model pulled even in the bottom of the inning. Lauren Stapp was hit by a pitch and scored and Lindsay Black walked and scored.
The Patriots got a double by Julia Dorso in the fourth, but couldn’t push across a run until the sixth, when Hunt doubled and scored after hits by Dorso and Stapp.
Still, Jackson City had a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Katie Rothwell reached base with one out to start the game-winning rally. Weitcamp and Hunt followed with back-to-back singles that tied the game.
Hunt stole second and advanced to third on an error. With Brooke Roberts at the plate, Hunt took an aggressive lead, drawing a throw from Jackson City, which went off the third baseman’s glove and down the left field line.
Hunt scored without a throw.
“I said, ‘Just be Haley Hunt on the bases,’” Kaylor said. “And she knew exactly what I meant. She made something happen.”
Weitcamp’s previous career-best for strikeouts in a game was nine. The junior struck out the side in the seventh to top that mark.
“Grace has come really far,” Kaylor said. “She’s been with us for four or five years and she’s grown every year.”
Model is set to return to action Monday against district rival Berea Community.