McClain starting pitcher Abby Shrout delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game vs. Miami Trace. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
McClain starting pitcher Abby Shrout delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game vs. Miami Trace. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
GREENFIELD — The McClain Lady Tigers continued to struggle both offensively and defensively on the softball field, suffering another tough South Central Ohio League defeat Wednesday night, losing to Miami Trace, 15-3.

The Lady Panthers got outstanding pitching from sophomore Olivia Wolfe, plus the Lady Panthers are also considered one of the league favorites, but the McClain defense really helped the Miami Trace cause.



Miami Trace scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning on five hits, but the Lady Tigers committed six errors, which accounted for seven unearned runs being scored. The big hits in the inning were a pair of two-run homers off the bats of Jessica Camp and Brooke Henry.

The Lady Tigers collected just three hits in the game with Beckley Smith, Kendall Pollard and Alli Beatty all having singles.

Miami Trace added one run in the third, three more in the fourth and plated another run in the fifth, but the damage was already done in the top of the second inning.

McClain starting pitcher Abby Shrout deserved a better result than the final tally indicated.

“I told Abby (Shrout) that might have been the best game I’ve seen her pitch over the last couple of seasons,” McClain head coach Ed Bolender said. “She kept the ball down and was hitting spots, which resulted in a lot of ground ball outs today, but we had 11 errors behind her. It’s really aggravating at this point that we’re still struggling in that aspect of the game.”

McClain slips to 2-3 overall on the season and will next entertain East Clinton Friday night in another tough SCOL matchup.