The Lady Jackets swarmed to a 7-nil advantage and withstood a grand slam retaliation, while fending off Strasburg for a 10-5 victory in the season opener at the Moorefield Town Park on Thursday.
“I was very impressed with our hitting this evening and I told them at the end of the game that I was proud that they didn’t just give up after the grand slam and they assured me that would never happen,” Moorefield Softball Coach Tammie Ayers commented.
“As a coach, you always worry that it can dampen the mood and get the moral down, but the girls fought and kept hitting after that. We hit the ball well. Some good hard hits which wasn’t too shabby with the lousy weather and having indoor hitting stations.”
It was a chilly evening for a softball game, so it took one full inning for Moorefield to warm up the bats before a four-run second inning.
Moorefield pitcher Hanna Carlson hurled a complete game allowing seven hits and tossing three strikeouts with a defense limiting just one run through the first four innings prior to the grand slam in the fifth inning by Lady Rams freshman Natalie Hott and gave up no more runs afterwards.
“Hanna [Carlson] did an awesome job on the mound and we’ve worked on hitting our spots. I had some trouble with her throwing an inside pitch, but she is coming around to realize how dangerous a lefty is throwing an inside pitch and how intimidating that is to a batter,” Coach Ayers noted.
Strasburg started the game with a single to center field by Madi Foltz, then Carlson jammed Taylor Bowers for a pop-out, struck out Morgan Richards and forced Kaitlyn Capps into a groundout fielded by shortstop Rebekah Markwood over to Alyssa Vetter at first base.
Moorefield went down in order on groundouts hit by Markwood (SS), Emma Baker (P) and Remington Hinkle (SS) off Strasburg pitcher Kaitlyn Capps.
Hott smacked a single into left field and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Delaney Stickley to start the second inning, then Kassy Bly’s grounder ricocheted off of Carlson and was fielded by Baker with the throw to Vetter putting a runner in scoring position for Strasburg.
Hott was left stranded on a groundout as the game remained scoreless.
Moorefield’s Anna Riggleman got the bats talking with a single into left center field as the ball just eluded the glove of Foltz at shortstop.
Macie Zirk executed a sacrifice bunt to move Riggleman over, who stole third base with a throw from catcher Emily Smoot which was off the mark.
After a walk to Vetter put runners on the corners for the Lady Jackets, Riggleman scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 edge.
Carlson singled on a short chopper in the dirt down the third base line and advanced on pitch deflecting off Smoot’s glove to the dugout.
Moorefield freshman catcher Alyson Simmons ripped a two-run producing double to center field for a 3-0 lead.
Moorefield senior right fielder Makaleigh Snyder followed with an RBI single and advanced to second base on the late throw home as Simmons came across the plate.