The chase for region softball supremacy among Fayette’s 5A teams is a wild one. The Whitewater Wildcats are ranked number one in Class 5A, but that didn’t intimidate the Chiefs. McIntosh is ranked outside the top 10, but they showed they belong among the best, winning a 2-0 pitcher’s duel Friday night. 

McIntosh’s Rebecca Muh, a UGA commit, and Whitewater’s Emma Vessel did not disappoint in their duel. Muh pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 hits with 9 strikeouts. Vessel threw 6 innings with 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, and 2 earned runs. 

Whitewater challenged in the top of the 3rd with Makayla Coffield leading off with an opposite field double. Muh recovered to strike out two and induce a groundout to end the threat. 

In the bottom of the 4th, the Chiefs manufactured all the offense they needed. Marissa Itchon led off with a single and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt and Ashlyn Gaines single. Muh followed with a groundout to score Itchon and move Gaines over to third. Kayla Kinser drove Gaines home with a single to right field to lead 2-0. 

Down to their final three outs in the top of the 7th, the Cats tried to get claw out some runs. Reaghan Byrom led off with a double, but Muh bounced back with three-straight outs to preserve the shutout win and split the season series. 

The win bumps McIntosh to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in region play. The loss dropped Whitewater to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in region. The push for the playoffs will be a thriller with just two games separating first and fifth place in the battle for four postseason tickets. 

Senior pitcher Rebecca Muh shut down the top ranked Wildcats, 2-0, on Friday. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)