Softball: Eagles off to hot start in 6A playoffs
NEW YORK MILLS -- The No. 2-seeded Eagles softball team overcame a five-run first inning from No. 7-seed Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in big fashion on their way to a 16-5 opening round trouncing of the Wolves.
After an error on the first fly ball of the game, all five Wolves batters came around to score and with a record of 10-6 W-H-A has proven they know how to win.
"It was pretty ugly," NY Mills Assistant Coach Greg Esala said.
The Wolves are one of two teams who score more than the Eagles. NY Mills averages 10.3 runs per game. W-H-A leads 6A-South with an average of 11 per game.
The Eagles answered back in the home half of the first inning scoring six times. NY Mills batted through the order plus two, giving hot hitters Autumn Roberts and EmaLeigh Roberts an extra crack at the plate.
The Eagle barrage continued in the second inning.
Sharnea Witt, running for catcher Jenna Esala, and Amy Nebosis both scored to up the lead to 8-5.
The Wolves would not threaten the plate again. Pitcher Autumn Roberts kept the Wolves lineup in check after a rough first.
Meanwhile, paltry numbers continued to accrue in the home scorebook.
Eight of nine batters scored in the fourth inning to blow the game open to a score of 16-5.
The Wolves would make no threat to extend the game, needing two runs to play the sixth and seventh innings.
The game was called by the 10-run mercy rule.
Winds gusting over 20 miles per hour affected the game early, but it was not a factor for the Eagles at the plate.
Eight Eagles had hits, seven had multiple hit games.
Esala was 3-3 scoring three times with a RBI.
Nebosis was 2-2 with two RBI. She scored three times.
Lydia Irons 2-2, she scored twice and knocked in a pair.
Autumn Roberts got the pitching victory and was 2-4 at the plate scoring twice, knocking in two.
The Eagles advance to face the winner of No. 3-seed Lake Park-Audubon and No. 6-seed Menahga.
The games will be held in Menahga giving the Braves some incentive to upset the three-seed and get to face the No. 2 Eagles on Menahga's home turf.