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Lady Rockets dominate opponents on softball field
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Conotton Valley picked up where they left off last season on the softball diamond – winning ball games.
The Lady Rockets opened the season by winning a double header against Southern Local 17-0 and 13-1, topped East Canton 21-1 and shut out Buckeye Trail 10-0 and East Canton a second time 10-0 during the opening week of action.
Masy Baker allowed two hits in four innings of work in the opening game of the double header. Jenica Frutig came out of the bullpen for the final scoreless inning.
Baker provided an offensive spark for the team as well, driving in six runs in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. She drove in a run on a triple in the first, fielder’s choice in the second, triple in the third and a home run in the fourth. Madison Kelley went deep in the first inning for a home run as well.
“The team saw the ball well today,” noted Coach Jeremy Bleininger, crediting his team with 16 hits. “Baker, Neilson, Delaney Peters, Chloe Stuber and Mylie Galigher all managed multiple hits, led by Neilson and Baker with three hits apiece.”
The Rockets plated seven runs in the first inning and never looked back. Daphne Stuber drew a walk and came around to score the first run of the game. Chloe Stuber, Kelley, Williams, Delaney Peters and Jordyn Braun also drove in first inning runs.
Kelley earned the win, going four innings, while allowing two hits and one run and striking out nine batters.
Jones took the loss for Southern. The Bulldogs surrendered 13 runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out four.
Baker led the Rockets with two hits in two at bats.
Kelley and Frutig combined to throw a no-hitter against East Canton March 27.
Kelley threw three hitless innings, striking out seven and walking one batter.
Baker started the game off offensively for the winners when she doubled on a 1-2 count to score a run in the first inning. The winners added nine runs in the second inning, thanks to doubles by Daphne Stuber, Baker and Chloe Stuber and singles by Madison Kelley and Braun and a triple by Peters. Williams hit a home run in the third inning.
Baker threw a one-hitter against Buckeye Trail as the offense clicked on all cylinders to keep the team undefeated on the young season.
The hurler went six innings, gave up one walk and struck out 11 batters.
Chloe Stuber drove in five runs in a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. She drove in runs on a double in the fifth and a grand slam in the sixth.
Kelley tripled in the first inning to get the offence on track. Stuber, Kelley, Williams, and Braxton Neilson all had multiple hits, led by Neilson, Williams, Kelley, and Stuber with two apiece.
Kelley threw a five-inning, one-hitter for the Rockets and struck out nine batters as the Rockets remained unbeaten on the young season.
The hosts put seven runs on the board in the second inning. Neilson, Frutig, Chloe Stuber, Williams and Delaney Peters all had hits that sent runners across the plate for RBIs in the inning. The Rockets collected nine hits over the five innings, led by Neilson, Chloe Stuber and Peters with two apiece.
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