WAYNESVILLE — Miami East’s defense had a rough first game Saturday.
Which made the way the Vikings played in the second game stand out more.
The Vikings (2-1) dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Waynesville 14-4 after giving up 13 runs in the first two innings.
But Miami East bounced back with an error-free game, helping Meagan Pettit pitch a 6-0 shutout to split on the day.
Kris Bigelow and Ellie Gearhart were both 2 for 3 with a double in the first game, while Pettit and Taylor Miller each added a double, but the Vikings’ defense wasn’t able to get outs when it needed them, giving up six runs in the first inning and seven in the second to dig too big a hole to climb out of.
“We didn’t make the routine plays that we needed to get out of innings,” Miami East softball coach Brian Kadel said. “But after not playing very well defensively in that first game and then coming back and playing so well in the second game, that was big. The girls responded well to the adversity.
“We played really good defense behind (Pettit).”
Pettit pitched a complete game in the second game, striking out only one and giving up five hits.
Pettit also doubled in the game, and Olivia Edgell tripled,
Gearhart doubled and Megan Caudill, Rian Kingrey and Amy Hahn all went 2-for-4.
Miami East opens Cross County Conference play Tuesday against rival Newton.
Buccs split two
COVINGTON — The Covington softball team split two games against Greater Western Ohio Conference teams Saturday at Covington.
Covington opnened the day with a 13-5 win over Fairborn.
Centerville then blanked Fairborn 5-0 and beat Covington 9-0 in the finale,
The Lady Buccs will play at Minster today, before hosting Tri-Village Tuesday to open Cross County Conference play.