By David Troppens
The Fenton varsity softball team had a strong start to its D1 Bay City Central Regional Tournament by posting some big offensive numbers in a 12-5 victory against Oxford.
Facing Oxford for the third time this season (the squads split a doubleheader previously), the Tigers broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the top of the fourth inning.
With one out, Cadyn Reger reached base on a batted ball error and Sophie Collins followed with a single. It looked like the threat may end there after a fly out, but Lily Turkowski singled in a run and Madi Best followed with a three-run home run. Fenton led 6-2. The threat wasn’t over just yet. Lauren Miller walked, Tammy Craven singled and Jordyn Bommersbach walked to load the bases. Megan McDermott followed with a bases loaded RBI-walk. Fenton led 7-2.
Oxford did cut the gap to 7-5 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, with home runs by Meghan Lupu and Mya Spisz being the inning’s key shots, but that’s as close as Oxford would get. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Reger provided an RBI-single, raising the edge to 8-5. Finally, a four-run seventh blew the game open. Jessica Dunkel walked and an out later Best singled her in. After a second out, three more runs ended up scoring. Grace MacCaughan hit an RBI-double and Bommersbach followed with a single. McDermott then followed with a two-run single. Fenton led 12-5.
Oxford wasn’t able to put together much of a threat in the bottom of the seventh, going out in order against winning pitcher Bommersbach. Bommersbach tossed the final five innings in relief, allowing five hits and a walk. She struck out two. Kariana Pelkey pitched the first two innings.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning. Fenton scored its on an RBI-single by Best. Oxford jumped to a 2-1 lead with a run in the second, but the Tigers answered back with a single run in the third. That run scored on Best’s RBI-double.
Best had an outstanding offensive game, going 4-for-5 with six RBI. McDermott had two hits and three RBI, while Miller had two hits and scored two runs.