PRINCETON — Streator Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell beat the Princeton Tigresses to the punch Saturday at Little Siberia Field.
The Warriors turned to some small ball, breaking a scoreless tie with the use of its bunting game to plate four runs in the top of the third inning. PHS coach Bob James turned to his assistants and said he was about to implore the Tigresses’ to use their bunting game, but it proved to come too late as the Warriors finished out a 9-4 win.
Even still, James said the Tigresses did not defend WFC’s bunting game very well.
“They executed that small ball there in the third inning. I mean, those are balls we’ve got to play. You’ve got to get outs on those, they were three-foot bunts and we didn’t defend it well. That changed the tide of the game.
“That was our mind-set going into bottom of the third, but she beat us to the punch. With our youth filling in some spots there and they’re not familiar to the speed of the (varsity) game, I think why it was successful for them. We’ve got some experienced varsity players not doing what they should be doing and they’ve got to get better.”
After scoring four in the third, the Warriors plated two more in the fifth and went up 9-1 with three more in the sixth off PHS freshman hurler Madison Menzel. She was touched for nine hits, but only three earned runs.
“(Friday) night, Madison pitched phenomenal (at Hall), but we played defense behind her, too,” James said.
The Tigresses bats came to life in the bottom of the seventh inning. Senior center fielder Makenzey Wilson and sophomore catcher Stephenny Farrell had RBI hits to make it 9-3. Danielle Hughes hit safely to load the bases before Mollie Bates brought home another run with a groundout.
Farrell went 3-4 with a double, soph Rachel Lawson went 2-3 with a RBI single in the fifth and Heidi James doubled and scored.
• Tiger tales: The Tigresses were to back to full strength Monday against Annawan/Wethersfield with senior third baseman Kat Pranka and soph catcher Abby Jaques returning from spring break trips.
They will kick off NCIC play Tuesday at home vs. St. Bede and host IVC Thursday. ... Woodland won the F/S game which followed the varsity contest 16-10.