After getting mercied 16-0 in the first game, the Huron softball team walked out onto the field for the second game ready to provide a better showing against visiting Tecumseh on Wednesday.
The River Rats not only pulled off a better effort but turned the tables with an impressive 14-9 win to earn a split in the SEC crossover matchup.
Huron had nine hits in the win and used an 11-run third inning to rally from a 6-0 deficit to take the nightcap. The River Rats added a run in the fourth and two in the sixth inning.
Huron pulled away for good with 11 runs in the third inning. In the third, Micah Higa singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run. Lexi Specht singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run. Dani DiGiovine singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run. An error scored another run for the River Rats. Then Devin Wilderman grounded out, scoring one run, and Madison Cytlak’s wild pitch allowed two runs to score for the home team.
Anna Weigel got the win for Huron. She allowed 17 hits and nine runs over seven innings, striking out one and walking one.
Riley Chewnevey started the game for Tecumseh. She surrendered seven runs on three hits over two innings, striking out four.
DiGiovine went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored to lead Huron in hits. Weigel had two hits, Karli Messer had a hit, two RBI and a run scored and Higa had a hit, two runs scored and two RBI.
After a rough first game in the field, Huron was flawless defensively in the second game. Messer made the most plays with eight.
In the opener, Tecumseh scored two runs in the first and then 14 in the second to blow the game open. The visitors had 10 hits and took advantage of eight Huron errors in the game called after three innings on the mercy rule. Juiliana Caton and Sammi Ruud had the only two hits in the game for Huron.