Softball season takes to the diamond
Local teams kicked off the 2020 softball season in earnest last night with games all across the area.
The New Boston Lady Lions got their season off to a roaring start with a 17-1 win over the visiting James Bowie Lady Pirates.
The win was highlighted by solid pitching performances from New Boston starter Megan Daniel, who earned the win, and Lauren Hurst who came in for relief in the 4th.
At the plate, New Boston rocked the Lady Pirates for 17 hits and 17 runs, led by a four hit, 3 RBI night from Haley McAlexander, and Hurst’s four RBI’s, which included a three-run blast over the centerfield fence in the 4th inning.
Also big with the stick were Megan Daniel with a pair of hits and 3 RBI’s, Maggie Taylor with a pair of hits and two RBI’s and Carlee “Hustle” Ratcliff with two hits and a pair of RBI’s, including a solo homerun in the 3rd inning.
Addy Hammonds had a pair of hits for the Lady Pirates and took the loss on the mound.
The Hooks Lady Hornets scored in the top of the 1st to take a 1-0 lead over the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks, and then scored a run in the top of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead, but the Lady Hawks scored in their half of the 6th to knot things up at 3-3.
In the bottom of the 7th, PG’s Koller hit a walk-off double to give the Lady Hawks a 4-3 win.
The Lady Hornets lost despite a solid effort from pitcher Lexie Frachiseur, who scattered seven hits and struck out four.
The Lady Hornets also out hit the Lady Hawks with 13 hits to PG’s seven. Alley Jefferson, Abby Russ and Chloe Hanes each had an RBI in the game.
The Lady Hornets will next see action on Thursday, with a pair of games in Paris. They will face Rivercrest at noon and follow that with a game against the host Paris Lady Cats.
On Saturday, the DeKalb Lady Bears opened their season in a big way, with an 18-7 win over Maud.
Hope Murphy and Hannah Widemon led the way for the Lady Bears with a pair of RBI’s apiece, and seven other Lady Bears had an RBI in the contest including Madison Taylor, Zariah Okai, Mallery Obenoskey, Makaila Daniels, Halle Johns, Kailey Barrett and Coriana Fulbright.
On the hill, Anijah Gray got the win for the Lady Bears giving up five runs and striking out seven.
The Redwater Lady Dragons saw tournament action over the weekend, going 4-2 in tournament play in Carthage, including a 7-6 win over Tatum in the weekend finale.
On Monday, the Maud Lady Cardinals battled Paul Pewitt to a 7-7, come from behind tie in seven innings. Brynn Sultz had a pair of RBI’s for the Lady Cards and Makenzie Dooley and Haley Yates had an RBI apiece.
In the photo, New Boston's Emma Holland slides headfirst into homeplate during the Lady Lions' 17-1 win over the Lady Pirates. Holland was called out on the play.
Photo by Caleb Moseley