It took two days, 20 innings, and 76 strikeouts before Lexington’s Lisa Tittle settled an Ohio Cardinal Conference softball game Thursday. In the meantime, the state record for Ks in a game by one pitcher was set. So was another Top 4 performance.
WOOSTER – It took two days, 20 innings, and 76 strikeouts before Lexington’s Lisa Tittle settled an Ohio Cardinal Conference softball game Thursday.
Tittle belted a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 20th inning as Lady Lex earned a 1-0 win at Wooster.
The two teams had played 14 scoreless innings Wednesday at Lexington when the game was halted by darkness. The game resumed Thursday in Wooster.
“I was a little upset before the game because we thought we were going to Wooster to play the second game (in the home-and-home series) and they decided we were going to finish the first game,” Lex coach Mike Hamman said. “I was upset before we started and thrilled after it was over.”
Lex pitcher Holly Tomaszewski worked all 20 innings, striking out 32 batters without a walk. She scattered 10 hits. Wooster’s Kasey Kelly fanned 44 and walked one in 20 innings, while allowing six hits.
Kelly’s 44 strikeouts broke the Ohio record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game, topping the 42 by Warren Lordstown’s Kristy Goodrich against Bristolville Bristol in a 21-inning affair. Tomaszewski’s 32 whiffs rank fourth, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site.
“Kelly is a heck of a pitcher, but we could tell she was getting tired. Holly was, too,” Hamman said. “We had some opportunities against her (Wednesday) night. We’d get a runner to third, but it’s just so hard to string together two or three hits against her. Before we resumed, I said it’s probably going to end on one swing of the bat. I told the girls to go up there and don’t get cheated on your first cut.”
The home run was the third in four games for Tittle, Lexington’s sophomore catcher.
“You look at Lisa and you say she’s not going to be able to hit one out,” Hamman said. “For her, it’s all in the wrists.”
Tittle and Killian Cuffman each had two hits for Lady Lex (4-0). Kelly, Lindsey Hartman, Caitlyn Martin and Ashley Stout had two hits for the Generals. No makeup date has been slated for the second game between the schools.