WARSAW — Despite making up a seven run deficit to send the game to extra innings, the season ended for the Elkhart Central softball team Monday, as the Blue Blazers lost to Warsaw, 11-7, in the opening game of the Class 4A Warsaw Softball Sectional.
Central trailed 7-0 in the sixth inning, before scoring four runs to make it 7-4 going into the seventh. After holding the Tigers scoreless in the top of the seventh, Central forced extra innings on a three-run homer by Shawna Foulk in the bottom of the seventh.
But Warsaw would score four runs in the top of the eighth on four singles and three walks. Central had a runner on in the bottom of the eighth, but the game ended on a double play.
Down seven, the Blazers took advantage of two Warsaw errors to get back into the game in the sixth. Evan Hobik hit a two-run homer in the inning, while Grace Robinson and Brina Baer each had singles.
In the seventh, Sienna Eby walked and Hobik singled prior to Foulk's game-tying blast.
The game was scoreless through three, before the Tigers scored seven runs in the next three innings. Central had three errors during the rally, while Warsaw's Carmen Albertson had a pair of triples and scored after each.
Riley DeHaven was the starter and loser for the Blazers, allowing 11 runs, but only six were earned. She also had seven strikeouts. Courtney Chookie went the distance and got the win for Warsaw.
Hobik had three hits for the Blue Blazers, while DeHaven added two.
WARSAW 11, ELKHART CENTRAL 7
Courtney Chookie (W); Riley DeHaven (L), Evan Hobik (8).