Lady Wildcats drop slugfest to Tippy

MENTONE — Whitko’s softball team lost a shootout to TRC-rival Tippecanoe Valley Tuesday.The Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Vikings by a score of 15-14. It was the first conference game of the year for the Lady Wildcats.Whitko soared at the plate, crushing 20 hits in the contest. Tiffany Ousley was 3-for-5, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning that broke a 10-10 tie. Christa Baughman was 2-of-5 with a double and five RBIs. Hannah Himes was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.Whitko led 8-2 after the top of the fourth, but Tippy cut the lead to 8-7 after the bottom frame of the fourth inning. Three more runs to just one for the Lady Wildcats meant Whitko entered the top of the sixth down 10-9. Four runs came through that inning, including the home run from Ousley. Valley responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth.A seventh inning Whitko run gave the Lady Wildcats a 14-11 advantage, but the host Lady Vikings managed four in the bottom of the seventh to take the victory.The game against Valley puts Whitko at 2-11 on the season. The Lady ’Cats faced Manchester Wednesday.