The Lady Eagles rode the arm of freshman hurler Alyssa Spane, who was making her first varsity start. She tossed the four-inning shutout. She allowed only two hits. She struck out one and did not walk a batter.
The offense gave her plenty of support.
The Eagles batted around on in the first, putting up five runs on the scoreboard. The big blow, a two-run, two-out single by Maddie Graviett.
Eight came to the plate in the second and three more crossed, on a single, a pair of errors, two walks, a fielders choice and a groundout.
Eight more batted in the third. An error and a walk were followed by a pinch-hit two-RBI triple by Kennedi McVay. Two more would score before the innings' final out and the score was 12-0.
Spane led off the fourth with a single. Mallory Lowes then singled as well. McVay drew a base on balls to load the bases. Kaylee Payne reached on an error allowing Spane to score. Jessie Long hit a bases-clearing double to enact the mercy-rule.
Long finished with three RBIs.
McVay, Claire Ramsey, Samantha Welter and Graviett each had two.
Spane had two hits on the day and scored twice.
Payne crossed the plate four times. Sydney Kern, Lowes, McVay also scored twice.
Coach Jim Eftink said, "This is the best the team has looked all year. Can’t say anyone had a bad day. We got contributions from everyone."
He added, "I want to congratulate Kennedi, Alyssa and Mallory on their first varsity hits. Those three along with Bailey (Kern) will be big contributors to the softball program the next four years."
" A couple of things stood out in this game. First Alyssa did an outstanding job in her first start on the mound. And we turned a ground ball double play. Kaylee fielded the ball—tagged second and threw to first. Awesome," he concluded.
The team will be back in action this afternoon at 4:30 as they travel to Park Hills to take on an 8-2 Lady Rebels squad in a key district contest. Park Hills Central has an enrollment of 531 compared to Oran's 124.