CLINTON — The Prince of Peace Irish dropped a 6-5 decision to the Calamus-Wheatland Warriors in a back and forth Big East Conference clash at Gil’s Softball Complex Monday evening.

Calamus-Wheatland (6-5, 3-1 Big East) took a 3-1 lead before Prince of Peace (3-8, 2-2) went up 5-3 with a four-run fifth inning. The Warriors pulled even with two runs in the sixth before pushing the winning run across in the seventh.

“We had some timely hitting that put us ahead, but then we had some errors that allowed them to win,” Prince of Peace coach Bill Manning said. “We made some mistakes that really hurt us. Give Calamus-Wheatland credit for coming back and winning the game.

“I thought we had it under control. We have to concentrate for seven innings, not just for five. Our offense was a lot better tonight. We didn’t have many strikeouts. We need to get everything working at the same time and we’ll by OK.”

The Irish got on the board first with a run in the first inning. Brooke Craig drew a leadoff walk. Colleen Ryan followed with a single to right.

A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. With one out Craig easily beat a throw to the plate as Alyssa Kenney reached on the fielder’s choice. Colleen Ryan moved to third on the play.

Lauren Ryan then bunted back to Warriors pitcher Katie Pingel who threw to first baseman Danika Sawyer to retire Ryan. Colleen Ryan then tried to score on the play but Sawyer threw to catcher Leah Goettsch who tagged Ryan out to end the inning.

Calamus-Wheatland went up 3-1 with two runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.

Katie Pingel reached on an error to start the top of the fourth. Goettsch then reached on another error as a drop in the outfield put runners at second and third.

Lauren Ryan retired the next two batters. Karlee Rock popped up a bunt to Ryan and Jenica Minor lined to first baseman Katie Flood. With two outs the Warriors scored two runs when Whitney Green’s fly ball was dropped.

In the top of the fifth Megan Lahann, who was 4-for-4, singled with one out. Ashley O’Neill then bunted for a hit and Flood threw the ball away trying to get Lahann at third.

Lahann came around to score and O’Neill raced around the bases as the ball bounded down the left-field line. O’Neill also tried to score but Irish left fielder Katelyn Ryan fired a strong throw to Kenney, the catcher, who tagged out O’Neill.

Prince of Peace took advantage of three Warrior errors in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four unearned runs to go ahead 5-3.

Emily Dodd led off with an infield hit and moved to second when the throw to first was errant. She moved to third on a wild pitch.

Kylee Hyde then drew a walk and took second base on an uncontested steal. Craig drove in Dodd when she reached on an error. Hyde took third on the play.

Craig took second on an uncontested steal. Colleen Ryan plated Hyde with a sacrifice fly. Craig scored when Flood’s fly ball to left caromed off the glove of outfielder Jessica Schade.

Flood reached second on the play. With two outs Lauren Ryan laced a double off the fence in left, scoring Flood and making it 5-3.

The Warriors pulled even with two runs in the sixth. With one out Rock singled to right. She was replaced by pinch runner Rebecca Christensen. Minor followed with a double to right, moving Christensen to third.

With two outs Brittany Mente drove in Christensen with a single to left. Minor also scored on the play when the throw to the infield was errant.

Lahann led off the top of the seventh with an infield hit. With one out Katie Pingel reached on a fielder’s choice as Lahann was called safe at second when Dodd threw to shortstop Colleen Ryan trying to force out Lahann.

As the play continued Lahann raced into third base and Pingel moved to second. Goettsch then chopped a hit over Dodd and into left field, scoring Lahann.

The Warriors had a chance for more in the inning but left runners at second and third.

The Irish threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Colleen Ryan reached on an error to start the frame. With one out Kenney reached on a fielder’s choice as Ryan moved to second when the throw to second was dropped.

Pingel got out of inning with a strikeout and a popout.

Both pitchers threw well. Pingel allowed just one earned run and Ryan only two. Both teams were hurt by errors as Calamus-Wheatland committed six and Prince of Peace five.

The Warriors visit Tipton for a non-conference contest today. The Irish visit North Cedar in Big East action Wednesday.

Score by Innings

Calamus-Wheatland 000 212 1 — 6 9 6

Prince of Peace 100 040 0 — 5 6 5

Katie Pingel and Leah Goettsch. Lauren Ryan and Alyssa Kenney.

Two or more hits—CW, Megan Lahann 4; POP, L. Ryan, Emily Dodd. 2B—CW, Minor; POP, L. Ryan. RBI—CW, Goettsch, Brittany Mente; POP, Brooke Craig, Colleen Ryan, Kenney, L. Ryan.

Records—Calamus-Wheatland 6-5, 3-1 Big East Conference; Prince of Peace 3-8, 2-2. Next—Calamus-Wheatland at Tipton, today; Prince of Peace at North Cedar, Wednesday.