What looked to be a clean sweep turned out to be a dogfight to the finish when the Bluejay varsity softball squad (2nd in WVC,8-2) faced Marshfield (5th in WVC,3-7) Thursday afternoon.
Merrill came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders with three runs in the first, spearheaded by Laonna Ives taking advantage of a Tiger error.
The ladies cocked and cut loose with a 6-run second inning to lasso a solid 9-0 lead.
The Marshfield bats came alive in the fourth and the pendulum would suddenly take a dramatic swing as the kitties took off with eight unanswered runs.
Fortunately, the Bluejay defense would manage to hold out in slipping away with the 9-8 win.
MFD: 000 223 1
MRL: 360 000 X
WP: MaKayla Heckendorf (7H, 6R, 3BB, 5K, 6ERin6I). Hitting: Brianna LaMonica (2/3, 2R, RBI);Starr Krenzke (1/2, R, 2RBI, 2B);Laonna Ives (2/4, R, RBI).