The bottom of the first saw the Panthers hit right away and lead, 1-0. Freshman Grace Wild kicked things off at the dish with a double before scoring on sophomore Logan Mehalic’s RBI double.
The Raiders answered with one in the second for a 1-1 score until the bottom of the second when the Panthers came back with two more. Freshman Charlotte Bass and senior Anna Zembar led off with singles and then scored on Wild’s single.
Wild had a hot bat for the Panthers, going 3-4 with two RBIs and scoring one run. A 3-1 Panthers lead was finally broken in the sixth when the Raiders tied three hits together to even things up.
With the score 3-3 until the eighth inning, the Raiders eventually strung some hard hits together to edge the Panthers 7-3.
Kiley Jacobus got the win for Loudoun County High School, allowing three runs over eight innings. She struck out 15, walked one and surrendered nine hits.
In addition to Wild and Mehalic, Panthers’ offense included Bass (2-4, 1 run), Zembar (2-4) and sophomore Lauren Pollock (1-4).
Game Summary courtesy of Kim Wild