St. Al dominant in victories
Published 11:55 am Wednesday, April 2, 2014
St. Aloysius got a great bargain Tuesday — two wins for less than the price of one.
Michelle Howington hit a grand slam, and the Lady Flashes took advantage of 14 walks issued by Mount Olive’s pitchers to plow their way to an 18-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Bazinsky Park.
In game two, Howington went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs as St. Al completed the sweep with a 15-0 victory.
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The two run-rule shortened games, combined, lasted 4 1/2 innings. St. Al led 15-0 with two outs in the top of the second inning in game two when coach Candice Reeder told two of her runners to come to the dugout, resulting in outs. Another player was instructed to do the same after reaching first.
After Mount Olive was retired in the bottom of the second, the game was called by mutual decision of the coaches.
“We’ve been there. We know what it feels like. I don’t like doing that,” St. Al coach Candice Reeder said of the lopsided scores. “But it’s district, and we have to fight for our chance to be in the playoffs. They were good sports about everything. Nobody likes to lose like that, and I surely don’t like to beat a team like that. But, again, it’s district.”
St. Al (9-7, 2-1 Division 7-1A) added seven walks to its total in game two, but also came up with some timely hits.
Jordan McDonald led off the first inning with a double, and later had a two-out, two-run single to make it 6-0. Howington followed with a two-run triple.
Madison Heggins, Kelsey Davidson and Howington all had RBI singles in the second inning. In all, the Lady Flashes had eight hits.
“We hit the ball hard. We have been all season,” Reeder said.
St. Al’s pitching also shackled the overmatched Lady Pirates. Avery Parman, Howington and Sarah Hudson combined for a pair of abbreviated no-hitters and eight strikeouts.
Greenville-St. Joe 2
Sydney Bufkin had three hits, including a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning that blew open a close game, as Vicksburg (9-7) pulled away late to beat Greenville-St. Joseph.
The Missy Gators scored five runs in the sixth inning and six more in the seventh to turn a tightly contested game into a rout.
Bufkin finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs, and Brooke McGrew was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Blake DeRossette was also 2-for-4 with a triple.
Vicksburg pitcher Chandler Ellis was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to help her own cause. On the mound, she scattered seven hits and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory.