When Derby lost by one run to Northwest earlier in the softball season, it left a bad taste in the Panthers’ mouths.
The Panthers got more than enough revenge, beating Northwest 21-8 on Tuesday night in a Class 6A regional final at Two Rivers Youth Club. Derby collected 22 hits in the six-inning, run-rule game.
“We felt like we let one get away,” Derby coach Christy Weve said of the regular-season loss. “We knew they had great hitters and we were ready for that. We knew to win that we were going to have to score a lot of runs.”
Northwest led 2-1 in the first on a Lucy Herter home run, but Derby responded with a six-run second inning.
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Addie Parks’ three-run home run made it a 7-2 Derby lead.
Issy McCarty, who hit two home runs in Northwest’s first-round win over South, cut Northwest’s deficit to four runs with an RBI single. Kayli Dryden’s three-run homer was followed by Bella Soliz’s shot to left field in the fourth inning, cutting the margin to one.
Derby’s six-run fourth put the Panthers ahead for good. Derby scored three in the fifth and five in the sixth, holding Northwest in the sixth for a run-rule win.
“We talk about not trying to kill the ball because if you kill the ball, you get out,” Weve said. “We try to focus on making good solid contact. They did a good job of that, waiting for their pitch and trying to put the ball in play and things worked.”
Northwest committed a total of seven errors.
“Our defense was awful,” Northwest coach Cody Stucky said. “We gave them probably five, six outs an inning. The wheels just fell off. I’ve never seen anything like it. Our defense was just atrocious.”
DERBY 21, NORTHWEST 8
21 22 2
8 11 7
W: Steinert. L: Prichard.
DERBY 15, NORTH 0
0 4 0
15 11 3
W: M. Young. L: Martinez.
NORTHWEST 18, SOUTH 4
4 8 4
18 17 1
W: Dryden. L: Maraver.