OAKLAND CITY -- Wood Memorial softball coach Fred Reel has challenged his team to start games earlier over the last couple of weeks of the season.
Three night's after rallying for four runs in the last of the sixth inning in a 4-2 win over North Posey, the Lady Trojans offense found its groove a little sooner on Monday.
Wood Memorial pushed across three runs in the second and third innings before a 9-run explosion in the fourth inning in a 15-4 five-inning romp over sectional foe Cannelton.
"Very slow start at the plate for us tonight, but we definitely got it going there in the fourth," the Trojans coach stated. "Their pitching was good early and had us a little mixed up but we started to find it in the third and fourth innings."
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When all was said and done, the Wood Memorial offense pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of four Cannelton errors.
Khloye Strickland wrapped out four hits in as many times at the dish and drove home two runs.
Bridget Reel finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 as she scored three runs and also drove home a team-best three runs.
Katie Lemeron and Aubree Speicher added two hits apiece, while Peyton Shoultz and Chloe Mowery had a hit and two RBI's apiece.
Cannelton grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning and a 4-3 lead in the third inning.
LeeAnn Melton pitched the first four innings to get the win inside the circle for the Lady Trojans.
Taylor McKannan recorded the final three outs of the game -- all on strikeouts.
The win moves the Lady Trojans to 11-8 on the season.
Reel mentioned he is pleased with the second straight win, but would still like to see his team get off to faster starts.
"Again, we responded well, but it needs to happen earlier," the Trojans skipper said.
Wood Memorial traveled to Pike Central on Tuesday.