DUNCAN FALLS – Megan Frank’s slump ended emphatically on Wednesday.
With her team trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, Frank’s double off the fence with the bases loaded kick-started an eight-run rally and sent Maysville to an 8-3 win against Philo in a Division II sectional game at the Philo Athletic Complex.
The win avenged a regular-season setback to the Electrics, who like the Panthers endured an unpredictable season.
Frank’s blast, contained only by a stiff wind blowing in from center field, triggered a fourth-inning explosion that made sure Maysville left on one of its high notes.
Frank, known for her power stroke, just missed her third homer.
“I’ve been in a little bit of a drought lately,” Frank said. “I changed something up a little bit, and it happened. I thought it was gone. Anywhere else, it probably would have been.”
The top-seeded Panthers (15-10) advanced to play No. 3 seed Cambridge at 5 p.m. Friday for a berth in the district at River View.
The Bobcats stunned No. 2 seed Meadowbrook with a seventh-inning comeback to earn a 4-3 win.
“I don’t know much about them,” Philo coach Greg Vaughn said. “The thing about us is we can beat anybody, and we can get beat by anybody. That’s just the kind of team we’ve been. We know it will be tough no matter what.”
Madison Riggle struck out 12 in a complete game for the Panthers, who had seven hits and took advantage of four Electric errors — all in the fourth.
They proved to be fatal mistakes.
Riggle doubled and Madeline Foster struck out, but she reached on a passed ball to put the first two runners on. Taylor Balderson then hit a shallow pop up that pitcher Reagan Tom appeared to corral before the ball slipped out of her glove.
It loaded the bases for Frank, whose long fly ball to left field cleared the bases after the cutoff throw from shortstop came in wildly up the first-base line. It gave Maysville the lead for good at 3-2.
All told, the Panthers had six hits and sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning — Riggle doubled twice — and saw the first seven reach before the Electrics recorded an out.
By then, it was 8-2 and all but over with the All-Ohioan Riggle in the circle.
“It was kind of crazy. I’ve never seen them fall apart like that,” Frank said.
Vaughn admitted it is always difficult when his team plays Philo, where he was a former head coach and assistant. His niece, Michelle Smith, is the Electrics’ head coach.
“It’s a big win for us,” Vaughn said. “Michelle has done a heck of a job. When you play them, you know you better come to play. I’m proud of our girls, they got down 2-0 and really stayed in the ball game.”
Tom, who pitched a complete game, had a pair of doubles and a single for Philo (11-11), which had six hits.
Mallory Hill doubled home a run in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the fourth after reaching on a throwing error.
Kaitlynn Lingle added an RBI triple in the fourth and also walked for Maysville.