HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington softball made quick work of Goshen College Tuesday afternoon, beating the Maple Leafs by the eight-run rule each game, 10-2, 15-3, to improve to 13-8 overall, 6-2 in Crossroads play.
The Foresters hammered out ten hits in the opener and expended half of them in their first at-bats to race out to a 6-0 advantage. With two outs and bases loaded, Cristin Carter drove in two runs with a single to left and eventually stole home but not before Bess Fiechter knocked in another run to make for a 4-0 advantage. Kaitlyn Troyer followed up with single to short to drive in two more runs and put HU clearly in the driver’s seat.
In the next inning, Katie Knous pounded out a single to center that allowed Annie Weaver, who posted her second hits in as many attempts, to scamper home to extend the lead to 7-0. Goshen got two back in the fourth but the Foresters wrapped it up by plating three runs in their half of the frame to shorten the game to five innings.
Weaver was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with her last at-bat a triple in the fourth. Katie DePew singled her in and then Lindsey Shellabarger put the final exclamation on the contest by sending her first pitch over the center field fence for the 10-2 win.
Knous was the only other Forester to pick up multiple hits. She finished 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in another. Shellabarger, Troyer and Carter each posted two RBI.
Ariel Sheets (3-1) went the distance on the mound for the win, giving up five hits, two runs and two walks while striking out four.
Lea Buckenmyer put the exclamation mark on the nightcap when she blasted a two-run shot into the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth to send the Maple Leafs home an inning early with its second loss of the day.
As a team, Huntington went 16-for-33 which included six doubles to score runs in all but the fourth inning. Their most explosive at-bats came in the second and third frames where they scored a total of eight runs to catapult in front 9-1 after a one-run first inning.
The Maple Leafs, behind a three-run dinger by Miranda Robles, pulled within five at 9-4 after innings of play and added another in fifth but it was as close as things would get as HU closed out the contest by scoring two runs in each of the final two innings to cap off the scoring fest.
Fiechter logged her first four-bagger of the year, a two-run shot to left-center, in the bottom of the second. She finished with a pair of hits and just as many RBI and runs scored. DePew paced HU with three hits. Five other Foresters hammered out two hits in the slugfest which included Knous who drove in four runs from her two base pokes.
Starting pitcher Kaylin Yon picked up the win in the circle. She pitched the first four innings and gave up three hits and four runs before being relieved by Buckenmyer who scattered two hits and a run.
It’s a busy week for the Foresters as they travel to Taylor tonight for a 5:00 p.m. doubleheader.