With a new softball season underway, the McDowell Lady Titans were hoping to make a big splash in their season opener.
Unfortunately, the only splash came as the opposition safely navigated its way across a rain-soaked Titan Field.
The Owen Warlassies and star pitcher Jaeden Tweed ruined opening night by pulling away from McDowell late 11-4.
Tweed delivered a complete-game victory, allowing all four runs on just three hits and striking out 11 batters. The talented pitcher also came up big at the plate as she delivered a crucial, three-run home run off McDowell pitcher Kirsten Melvin that quickly turned a 3-1 Lady Titans advantage into a 4-3 lead for Owen. And from there, they never fully relinquished the lead.
McDowell did score once in the bottom half of the fourth inning tying the game at 4-4. However the Warlassies continued to work away at the plate, tacking on a pair of runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to blow the game open.
Tweed, after allowing her runs in the first four innings, took advantage of the working room late as she struck out six of the last eight batters faced in the game.
The only McDowell hits on the night were a one-out single from Lauren Hudgins in the second inning and a basehit from left fielder Candace Cooper in the fifth inning, which was followed later in the frame by a two-out hit from shortstop Parker Brown.
The Lady Titans’ top three in the batting order of Williams, third baseman Hannah Shelton and Brown was a strong point last season but they were held in check by Tweed in the opener, going a combined 1-for-9 including three strikeouts.
McDowell was on the road for a non-conference battle Thursday against R-S Central, but results were not available at press time.