Power walking and running were both on display during the Junior League game Tuesday between Vietti Auto Body and Watco at the PSU Softball Complex. The game had the approval of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness.
Vietti and Watco combined for 21 walks, three hit batters and several wild pitches as Vietti defeated Watco 15-7 in a wild, windy and wacky contest lasting only three innings.
Vietti scored five runs in all three innings, collecting four hits and 13 of the 21 walks against Watco pitchers Maddie Darrow and Malayna Brown.
Maddy Emerson and Kallie McGuire drove in runs for Watco on singles in the first, Emerson, McGuire, Erin Vinson and Kamree Simmons collected back-to-back-to-back-to-back RBI walks in the second and Vietti closed out its scoring on a series of errors and wild pitches in the third.
The game started so smoothly for Watco as third baseman Annie Snow absorbed a line drive smash into her glove by the first batter.
Watco scored two runs in the bottom of the first, as Leah Wescott reached on a walk and Brown on an infield single. Both runners worked their way around on wild pitches by Vietti starter Abbie Casper.
Down 15-2, Watco sustained its best rally and closed out the contest with five runs on two hits, both producing two runs a pop. Brown first cracked a two-run single and Tatum Brown hit a walk-off two-run single as time expired.
Pittsburg Fastpitch Association
Vietti Auto Body 15, Watco 7
VAB 555 — 15 4 0
WAT 205 — 7 3 3
Abbie Casper and Kali Poenitske. Maddie Darrow, Malayna Brown (3) and Brown, Jamie VanWyck. WP: Casper. LP: Darrow. SB: Brown. HBP: Allie Evans, Katie Arnold, Poenitske. LOB: VAB 8, WAT 4.