OAKLAND CITY -- During a 12-0 loss to Loogootee -- a team Wood Memorial softball coach Fred Reel described as the best-hitting team he has seen all season -- Reel lauded the effort of his outfielders.
Two nights later, a pair of Lady Trojan outfielders once again made their coach proud.
Aubree Speicher (2) and Gretchen Reel (1) combined for three outfield assists, in the first three innings, to help keep the Lady Trojans within striking distance of visiting North Posey.
Behind the momentum of the defense, Wood Memorial scored a 4-2 come-from-behind win.
Already with a 1-0 lead, North Posey looked to extend the lead in the top of the first inning after a fourth consecutive single. But Reel fielded a grounder from her center-field position and fired a strike to the plate for the second out of the inning and keeping the deficit at 1-0.
An inning later, Speicher tracked down a fly ball in the left-centerfield gap turned a fired to third to gun down a North Posey runner trying to tag from second base. The double-play ended the inning.
In the third inning, North Posey again decided to test the arm of Speicher but had the same result.
The Wood Memorial leftfielder caught the fly ball and showcased her right arm with another strike to the plate. Catcher Khloye Strickland applied the tag on the Lady Vikings runner for a second-consecutive inning-ending double play.
"Those were some great throws," the Lady Trojans coach said of the outfield assists. "Those two have been playing tremendously and they have made plays all week long to keep us in games and give us a chance and they did that again tonight."
North Posey added a second run in the top of the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.
It looked like it would be enough for the win as Lady Vikings hurler Megan Brenton had not allowed a hit through the first five innings.
Khloye Strickland recorded the first hit of the night as she led off the home half of the sixth inning with an infield single.
After Brenton recorded a strikeout, Peyton Shoultz reached first on a fielders' choice as Brenton tried looking Strickland back to second and waited too long to make the throw at first.
Reel then reached first on a single which hit Shoultz as she was trying to advance to second.
Chloe Mowery then coaxed a two-out walk to load the bases.
LeeAnn Melton followed with a 2-run single to the gap in right-centerfield to tie the contest.
"I knew I just had to do something to help out my team and get some runs on the board," Melton said of the game-tying hit. "My mentality was get the ball in play. I was just looking for something close to hit and get my bat on it. I knew right when I hit it, it would get down."
Bridget Reel then followed with a little squibber in front of the plate. She beat the throw at first as Mowery raced home from third with the go-ahead run. The ball trickled away from the North Posey first baseman and Melton scampered home for a 4-2 lead.
Taylor McKannan then shut down North Posey 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to complete the comeback win.
"I know I said the other days these games are fun, but man they wear a coach out," Coach Reel said with a chuckle. "This is a good quality win as North Posey is a solid softball team."
McKannan went the distance in the circle for the win as the Lady Trojans improved to 10-8 on the season.
"This will really boost our confidence," Melton said of the win. "We needed a good win like this and continue working hard and get ready for the next game."