By Rob Hamilton
Cardington put multiple runs on the board in each of the first three innings on their way to topping visiting Mount Gilead 14-3 on Monday.
The Lady Pirates trailed 1-0 entering their half of the first inning, but scored five runs to take the lead. They added six in the second and three in the third. While MG scored twice in the top of the fifth inning, they would not be able to get back into the game.
Makenna McClure and Casey Bertke handled the pitching duties, combining to strike out three batters. Madison Fry pitched for the Indians.
Offensively, both McClure and Dallas Crum had three hits for Cardington, with Crum driving in four runs. Bayley Adams had three RBIs for Cardington. McKenzie Bump had three hits for Mount Gilead, while Hailey Dean drove in two of the team’s three runs.
Highland pulled away late in taking a 10-0 win at Centerburg on Monday.
The Scots led 2-0 after the first inning and the score stayed that way until the fifth inning, when they scored two more. Highland then tallied a six-run sixth inning to blow open the game on their way to the win.
Lucy Smith pitched a one-hitter for the Scots, who tallied 11 hits. Both Bridget Oder and Morgan Wilhelm had multiple hits for the Scots. Also, Kaitlyn Carney had a triple and Kelsey Walters added a double.
Northmor overcame an early deficit to defeat host Elgin by a 4-2 margin on Monday.
The Knights trailed 2-1 after the first period, but got two runs in the top of the third inning and one more in the fifth to claim the win.
Shelbey Lilly pitched a strong game, striking out four, walking two and surrendering four hits. Northmor tallied nine hits in the game, with Cristianna Boggs getting three of that total and Andrea Weis adding two.
“Shelbey really settled in after the first inning, worked the plate and pitched down in the zone more effectively,” said head coach Russ Montgomery. “Our defense played really well tonight. It’s that aspect of the game that the girls take pride in. We have to get better with two-out hits. We missed some opportunities to score.”
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