Ansonia Softball gets 8-4 win over FM, looking to challenge for WOAC Title.

Ansonia softball has won last 7-9 games and playing solid. (Dale Barger Photo)

PITSBURG – Franklin Monroe and Ansonia were locked into a good battle in softball action that saw the Tigers jump ahead 2-0 then trail 4-2 but then rally late to capture an 8-4 win in Western Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Abigail Kramer is tied for 1st place in the WOAC with 12 wins. (Dale Barger Photo)

Ansonia behind a good pitching performance from Abigail Kramer (7 innings, 9 strikeouts), led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning which would turn out to be a big one for the Jets.

Franklin Monroe would get a double from Layni Ressler (2 hits, 2 rbi, 1 run scored) to plate a run, then Jocelyn Gray was able to plate a run on a hard hit followed by a run scored on a wild pitch that propelled the Jets in front 4-2 heading into the top of the 6th inning.

Layni Ressler knocks a double for 2 rbi’s for FM. (Dale Barger Photo)

Ansonia responded in the top of the 6th inning finally able to touch up Franklin Monroe pitcher Keihl Johnson who went the full 7 innings as well … but the Tigers put the bat on the ball putting pressure on the defense as they loaded up the bases.

A bases loaded triple by Kinsey Hartzell for Ansonia was a key play in the game. (Dale Barger Photo)

A Maddie Buckingham (2 hits, 1 rbi, 1 run) single brought in a run and then the big hit came from Kinsey Hartzell who hit a solid line drive in the right center gap for a triple to drive in 3 more runs to put the Tigers back in front 8-4.

“I was proud of the girls, after we got down our girls stayed focused and knew what had to be done,” Jenkins said. “We had to get some runs and you try to create them the best you can, and I was hoping someone would hit that gap they had open out there and that’s what Kinsey was able to do,” Ansonia coach Floyd Jenkins said.

Right-Fielder Jayda Mangen came up with a big on the run catch to thwart an FM comeback. (Dale Barger Photo)

The Tigers would add 2 more runs in the top of the 7th and Kramer would retire the side in order in the bottom of the 7th to give the Tigers an 8-4 WOAC win.

Kramer picked up her 12th win of the season and is tied with Arcanum Hannah Kendig for the most wins in the league.

The Tigers have won 7 of their last 9 games and move to 13-6 overall and currently is in 2nd place at 8-1 in the conference a game behind undefeated Arcanum.

The Tigers and Trojans will have an opportunity to face one another next Thursday May 4th in a game played at Arcanum.

“We have been very consistent and overall playing good softball, but we have a tough stretch of games coming up,” Jenkins stated.

Ashley Saylor catches a big out. (Dale Barger Photo)

They play Coldwater Friday night, Tri-County North May 2nd, St. Henry May 3rd and then at Arcanum April 4that 5 pm, in what could decide the league title.

Senior Madison Henninger rips a solid hit. (Dale Barger Photo

Franklin Monroe falls to 5-15 overall and 2-6 in the conference they will host Houston Friday and then Preble Shawnee Monday night.