Hornets come alive late to beat the Bison

Hornets come alive late to beat the Bison

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Hornets come alive late to beat the Bison

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FISHERSVILLE – After Sarah Sondrol hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give Wilson Memorial its winning runs in a 4-3 win over Buffalo Gap, she said her arm hurt.

Buffalo Gap's Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial's Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial’s Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

That’s just how hard she hit the ball.

“I was like, ‘Yeah buddy. Way to make my day,’ ” Wilson Memorial coach Kim Claytor joked. “It’s an exciting way to end a game but it doesn’t do much for the nerves standing over there on the third baseline.”

After 41/2 scoreless innings, Wilson picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth from Hannah Cash and Cheridan Hatfield.

But Buffalo Gap responded in the top of the sixth when Madison McCray hit a double to drive in Amber Stokes, then went to third on a Wilson Memorial error. Shelby Digman followed with a hit to bring in McCray to tie the game.

Wilson Memorial's Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Marybeth Strickler picked up the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when she hit doubled, then scored after Wilson Memorial made another error to give the Bison a 3-2 edge.

In the end, Wilson Memorial won it in the seventh when Carlee Abshire got on when she was hit by a pitch and Sondrol hit her homer to end it. But it also ended a pitchers duel between the Hornets’ Jordan Sondrol and the Bison’s Katy Simmons and Strickler.

Sondrol pitched the entire game and was able to put enough speed behind her pitches to shake up Buffalo Gap’s hitters. Simmons pitched through the first five innings before Strickler took over to close out the game.

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“Katy has worked very, very hard in the offseason and it shows and Marybeth is a lefty and she’s just good at what she does,” Buffalo Gap coach Dawn Sheets said. “We haven’t really seen a lot of speed yet on the pitching side. This is probably the fastest we’ve seen. Everything we’ve seen so far has been pretty slow and steady.”

It was the closest game Gap’s had this season, with the Bison beating its opponents 81-9 in their first four games. The loss to Wilson was a reminder of the level of competition they’ll be facing as they get further into the season, Sheets said.

Claytor shared Sheets sentiments on the matchup as both saw the game as a chance to test their players.

“You can’t afford to make mistakes against a team like Buffalo Gap,” Claytor said. “They’re a good team. They hustle, they come to play.”

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol claps hands with teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol claps hands with teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter's gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter’s gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter's gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter’s gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial's Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial’s Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Tristan Clark, 9, of Churchville tosses the football with friends alongside the softball field before the start of a game between Buffalo Gap and Wilson Memorial high schools, played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol high-fives teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol high-fives teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial's Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Marybeth Strickler successfully steals second base as Wilson Memorial’s Cheridan Hatfield catches the throw in the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Sarah Brown fields the ball in centerfield and will throw to second base during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter's gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Autumn Stokes smiles as she slips on her batter’s gloves at the start of the third inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Morgan McDowell watches the pitch as she takes a lead off second base in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Bri Meek catches the throw to tag out Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper at first base after Harper bunted in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Sierra Clifton fields the ball in deep centerfield in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol claps hands with teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial pitcher Jordan Sondrol claps hands with teammate Emma Peery before taking the pitchers mound at the start of the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Kieland Chandler (right) smiles as she heads to the dugout alongside teammate Amber Stokes after hustling to catch a pop-fly for the final out in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial's Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Wilson Memorial’s Emma Peery (center) joins teammates in cheering on their batter in the first inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap's Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Buffalo Gap’s Destiny Harper connects with the ball as she bunts in the second inning during a softball game played in Fishersville on Friday, April 1, 2016.

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