FORT PLAIN - In their last meeting, Mayfield used a strong start on its way to a 10-7 win over Fort Plain on April 23.
The Western Athletic Conference North Division rivals met in a non-league rematch Monday with Fort Plain avenging the loss with a 6-2 victory.
"We played a much better ballgame this time," Fort Plain coach Crystallee Quell said.
Fort Plain’s Erin Nellis, left, looks to tag Mayfield’s Heather Geier during Monday’s non-league game at Fort Plain. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Fort Plain scored one run in the second, third and fourth innings before adding three insurance runs in the fifth on its way to the victory.
"We wanted to get one at a time, and that's what we did," Quell said. "We got some hits when we need them and capitalized on their errors."
After a scoreless first inning, Fort Plain plated the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning.
Jamie Fredericks hit a two-out double to left field before Kendra Trembley plated Fredericks' pinch runner, Briannah Florian, with a single to right field.
Mayfield put two runners on in the top of the third as Heather Geier drew a leadoff walk and Cait Tomlinson had an infield single.
However, Fort Plain erased the threat when Tomlinson was tagged out by second baseman Allehah VanLoan when she tried to steal second. After tagging Tomlinson, VanLoan fired home to Trembley, who tagged out Geier after she tried to score on the throw to second. Anna Husain followed with a single to center field for Mayfield before Fredericks got a groundout from Lisa Hime to end the inning.
"Defensively, we played a much better game this time," Quell said. "That was a huge play for us in the third inning."
Fort Plain pushed its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third.
Shawna Cotton led off the inning with a single to center field before her pinch runner, Erin Telfer, scored on a two-out, bases-loaded fielder's choice by VanLoan.
Mayfield got singles from Nicole Little and Lyndsey Barber in the top of the fourth innings but failed to score.
Trembley led off the bottom of the fourth with a single for the Lady Hilltoppers, who loaded the bases and scored when Jenna Barhydt plated Trembley with a single to right field, making it 3-0 after four innings.
Fort Plain added three more runs in the fifth when Sierra Logan had a two-run single to left field. Florian scored her second run of the game on a passed ball after she came in again to run for Fredericks who reached on a walk.
Mayfield scored its only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth.
Hime led off the inning with a hunt single before Mackenzie Biggers followed with a single to left.
Maria Messina plated Hime with an RBI groundout and Barber reached on an error to score Biggers, making the score 6-2.
"We started hitting in the later innings, but we weren't able to score many runs," Hurd said.
Fredericks closed out the complete-game win in the circle with a pair of groundouts and a pop out in the seventh inning. Fredericks allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked three.
"Jamie [Fredericks] pitched a great game again," Quell said. "She's pitched well for all season."
Barhydt was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lady Hilltoppers, while Trembley finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Husain took the loss for Mayfield, allowing eight hits, striking out four and walking four.
"It definitely was a pitcher's duel," Hurd said. "Anna [Husain] pitched really well, but errors got the best of us. It's been a problem for us all season."
Husain was 1-for-2 with two walks at the plate for Mayfield, while Barber was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
"Fort Plain came out to win," Hurd said. "They wanted revenge and they got it. They capitalized on our mistakes."
The teams are scheduled to meet again Thursday in Fort Plain for a WAC Cup semifinal matchup at 4:30 p.m. The winner will face either Duanesburg or Schoharie in the WAC Cup championship game.
Before facing Mayfield for a third time, Fort Plain (12-4 overall) will travel to Canajoharie for a non-league game Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Fort Plain 6, Mayfield 2
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Husain and J. Little; Fredericks and Trembley.