Mattoon Middle nearly blew an 11-run lead and committed nine errors, but the Wildcats also ripped 13 hits and took advantage of 10 walks and four errors to hold off St. Anthony in a wild, sloppy softball game Thursday in Effingham.
Mattoon took an 11-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth after scoring a run in the first, three in the second, four in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
St. Anthony scored five runs in the fifth thanks to three errors and a wild pitch by Mattoon. Four errors led to three more runs the next inning to make it 12-8.
Mattoon responded by scoring three runs in the seventh on singles by Lexi Murdock and Reese Updegraff, an error and two wild pitches to go ahead 15-8.
Otto doubled twice to go 3-for-3 while Bella Masse and McKinley Cowger each had two hits and two RBIs. Cowger also earned three of the team’s 10 base on balls.
Mattoon’s Aubrie Phillips struck out five, walked one and allowed only three earned runs for the victory.