ROSS, Ohio – A couple rough innings welcomed the Franklin County Lady Wildcats into the 2021 softball season, a 10-5 loss at Ross High School, Ohio being the first official game since the spring of 2019.

The leadoff hitter, as well as the 3-4-5 batters, reached base and came around to score in both the first and second innings as the Lady Rams led 8-1 after two frames and coasted to the win.

Junior starter Michaela Fer-man had some early wildness with 18 Ross batters coming to the dish in the first stanzas. Six walks and seven hits helped the Rams to the dual four-run innings that quickly overcame FC’s run in the top of the first.

Ross was held scoreless until its last at-bat when the final runs came in. The Wildcats also scored twice in their final at-bat to close the gap slightly.
Leadoff Maci Lake opened the game with a walk and stolen base off starter Sam Iannarino; a wild pitch and infield error later, Lake crossed home with the season’s first run. Junior Anne Becker and sophomore Josie Rolfes followed with singles to left field but a rundown between third and home caught Ferman to end the inning.

Ashley Shelton started the Ram first with a walk and steal, a wild pitch moving her to third. Lexi Ploens tied the game with a single to center. A walk to Alexis Dillingham preceded a double by Myrissa Combs to make it 2-0. Consecutive balls to the backstop plated both runners.

After FC went down in order, Shelton started another rally with a two-base hit to left. Back-to-back singles to center by Ploens and Dillingham sent Ross up 6-1. Combs legged out an infield hit, and Emily Toney walked to load the bases. A walk to Adi Johnson and infield hit for McKenzie May gave Ross a 7-run lead.

In the third, Lake laced a leadoff triple to center. Senior Kloe Bolos rolled one to third, gaining an RBI when Lake slid in under the tag.

Just one batter reached for the home team in the third and fourth frames. FC got a pair of runners to second during their next two trips.
In the top of the sixth, Bree Bischoff singled to left with one out. Rolfes follow-ed suit and one out later, Kensee Ferman sent Bis-choff home with a hit to right.

Dillingham started the Ram rally in the sixth with a single. Toney walked and both runners came in on a double by relief pitcher Alena Crouch. Ross loaded the bags, but Michaela Ferman coaxed a grounder to short to end the threat.
Lake and Bolos both reached to start the guest seventh. Two strikeouts later, Lake scored on a wild pitch and Bischoff chased Bolos home with a single to right.

Bolos added a steal and Rolfes a third single to the stat sheet.
FC (0-1) will be at Hagers-town Friday.