Blue Eagles Sweep ‘Jills In Double-Header
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Softball Team moved to 3-0 after beating up the Valley Lumberjills at home March 20 in a double header, 14-0 and 15-0.
Alexajo Hanna, who tossed a mercy-rule no-hitter, started for the Lady Eagles and sat the ‘Jills down in order, striking out two of the three batters she faced. Abbey Horner worked a walk and moved to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on a Marissa Bosley single. Kelsi Heasley singled home Bosley for a 2-0 lead.
After striking out the first batter in the second frame, Hanna walked Holly Schell, but struck out the next two batters swinging. In the home half of the second, the Lady Eagles touched the plate five times, with hits by Bosley, Emily Blake, Tori Tharp, Jordan Babe, and Dallas Mullett.
Hanna struck out two of the three batters she faced in the third and fourth frames and completed her no-hitter striking out the side in the fifth. She sat down 11 Lumberjill batters on strikes and walked only two.
Meanwhile, the Eagle batters bombarded Valley with three runs in the third inning on hits by Horner, Bosley, Heasley and Cassadi Wells. Magnolia also added four runs in the fourth with hits by Heasley, Wells, Gauri Patel, Kennedy Slampak, and Emily Blake.
In the second frame, the ‘Jills sat down the mighty Eagles in order, but that was all she wrote, as the Eagles flew to a mercy-rule shortened game, 15-0.
“It was a good experience for our girls to play a team like Magnolia and I thank them very much for the opportunity,” said Valley Head Coach Gary Partridge.
“We won’t see that kind of pitching, hitting, and fielding during the season. The girls now have an idea what they need to do do get better. I’m very proud of my players; they never gave up and played hard the whole game,” Partridge continued. “My two pitchers gave up only three walks in two games. But, we know we must work on our fielding, especially in the outfield. We played right with them for awhile, but they have too many weapons both on offense and in the field. This is good for our program.”