Big 5th Inning Propels Madison Past Ontario
It took a while for the Madison offensive unit to find their groove in a battle of unbeatens at Ontario but the Lady Rams put together a monster 5th inning to stay perfect with a 7-3 victory. A high wind advisory was in effect at the start of the game which had an effect on Madison senior pitcher Mackenzie Mullins' ability to locate her breaking balls. The Lady Warriors offense took advantage by plating a pair of 3rd inning runs with RBI from Lexi Augustine and Labriana Wallace, increasing their edge to 3-0 through 4 innings on an Addi Kissinger RBI.
Mullins then approached head coach Tim Niswander after pitching her way out of a 1-out bases-loaded jam to end the 4th and suggested fastball specialist Sloan Kiser take her place in the circle, feeling she would have more success. The switch paid off with Kiser throwing 3 innings of scoreless ball and allowing just 2 hits.
The Lady Rams bats then caught fire in the top of the 5th inning, scoring 5 runs on a bases-clearing single from Egypt Murphy and 2 RBI double by Mullins. Leah Boggs added an insurance run in the 6th with an RBI double as the Madison offense generated 12 hits to Ontario’s 7. Madison remains undefeated at 5-0 heading into the weekend handing the 3-1 Lady Warriors their only loss of the season.