BAINBRIDGE -- A pair of Dakota Malayer home runs were all the offense North Putnam needed Tuesday night. The catcher drove in three runs on the two long balls, in what was otherwise a pitchers' duel Tuesday night. The Cougars defeated South Putnam 3-2 in 11 innings.
"Dakota had two laser shots," North coach Jim Brothers said. "She found good pitches to hit and got a hold of them."
But in a low-scoring game like this, offense wasn't the whole key for the Cougars. Freshman pitcher Taylor Judy tossed all 11 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. She struck out 11 Eagle batters in the win.
For the Eagles, Oceaia Boetjer relieved starter Samantha Tomasino in the fifth and went the rest of the way to take the loss.
Brothers was also pleased with his team's defense.
"Several kids made key defensive plays tonight," Brothers said. "We had a talk about getting refocused after Monday's game and the kids took it to heart."
The North Putnam JV team also rebounded from a tough loss to defeat South Putnam 5-3 Tuesday.
The Cougars were defeated by the Eagles 12-2 the previous night, but snapped South's 19-game win streak with their win.
J.C. Wertz provided some power for North Putnam with a triple. Sam Surver and Sam Herrmann recorded two doubles each in the win.
Lauren Green received the win, pitching for eight strikeouts and two walks.
"We came out hot last night. It was nice to avenge that loss and beat a team that good," North Putnam coach Benny Ault said.
The Cougar JV will host Fountain Central at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
At North Putnam
S. Putnam 100 100 000 00 -- 2 6 2
N. Putnam 000 200 000 01 -- 3 7 0
Tomasino, Boetjer (5) and Canary; Judy and Malayer.
WP -- Judy.
LP -- Boetjer.
2B -- Boetjer, Tomasino (SP), McGaughey (NP).
HR -- Malayer 2 (SP).
Next game -- South Putnam (9-2, 6-2 WCC) travels to Tri-West at 4:30 p.m. today. North Putnam (6-5, 4-4 WCC) visits Southmont at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.