The Lady Hornets scored eleven fourth inning runs to turn a competitive ballgame into a ten run rule taking the measure of Branford 14-1.
Taking the mound was Danielle Thomas who pitched another consistent game only allowing two hits, and only gave up two walks while striking out three batters.
The offense struggled early but took advantage of a Natlie Land walk, which turned into a stolen base which resulted in the only run in the first two innings.
Mayo picked up two more runs in the third after a leadoff hit by Kayla Smith was followed with another walk to Land. A well placed sacrifice bunt by Katy Jo Walker moved the runners in position for an Ashley Myers double bringing in the runners for a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Mayo sent 16 batters to the plate. Kary Waters started the inning with a solid single moving to second on a Thomas sacrifice bunt. Kayla Wilson launched a triple clearing the bases to get the barrage going. Smith and Land would reach again on a walk and getting hit by the pitch, with Walker collecting an RBI putting the ball in play.
Heather Smith would draw a walk before Myers would launch her second double of the game bringing in 2 RBIs to her credit. A couple of Bucs errors allowed Shine, Waters and Wilson to reach sandwiched between a Thomas hit. Smith would also reach on an error permitting the bases to clear before the inning mercifully came to an end.
Ashley Meyers had a great game with the bat against Branford going 2-3 with two doubles and three RBIs while scoring a run. Walker was instrumental in producing runs laying down two sacrifice bunts, while drawing a walk, and gathering an RBI on a grounder. She also stole a base and scored a run. Despite being denied a hit, Land walked three times, took first after being hit by a pitch and stole two bases while scoring three runs. Kayla Wilson was only able to get one hit, but it was a scorching RBI triple in the final inning that brought the game to a sudden end.
Mayo will know their district seeding after this weeks' play with crucial showdowns in Chiefland tonight, and then travels to Trenton on Friday night. Chiefland remains undefeated on the season. The Lady Hornets must defeat Chiefland if the number one seed is going to be achieved for the district tournament. Chiefland won a nine inning thriller earlier in the season that Mayo had led 3-1 until the seventh inning.