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Bry White drew a walk with one out in the first and stole second base, and Abby Zerkle followed with a hard ground ball to the second baseman, who threw to first. The throw went over the first baseman’s head, which allowed White to score.
Maddie Current led off the fourth with a single, then Miranda Gillman reached first base after bunting when Graham had another throw go over the first baseman’s head. McKayla Howard followed with a ground out to first to score Current and give Northwestern a 2-0 lead.
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Graham scored in the sixth inning after Bryant hit an RBI triple to center field, and the Falcons had a chance to tie it in the seventh when Skylar Doroda hit a one-out single, but Robbins struck out the last two batters.
“When you have that many errors against a tough team, it’s hard to hang in there,” Graham coach Ralph Foster said. “And we out-hit them five hits to one, so we should have come out on top. We just didn’t take care of it defensively like we usually do.”
Northwestern had lost two of its last four with Robbins out of the circle, and coach Missy Johnson was pleased with the performance in her first game back.
“We have several other girls that have been hurt besides her, and it’s good to have her back,” Johnson said. “We just need to get everyone else healthy.”
The Warriors have two tough games ahead as they travel to Graham (11-2, 6-1) on Tuesday and then to Kenton Ridge (12-2) on Thursday.