November 28, 2014

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H.S. Softball: Midview breaks out the bats, pounds Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic's Emily Hastings fields a ground ball hit to left field during a game against Midview on April 9. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Elyria Catholic’s Emily Hastings fields a ground ball hit to left field during a game against Midview on April 9. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s offense is already in midseason form.

Catcher Cassie Haight led the way with four hits as the Middies scored in every inning of a 12-2, six-inning win over Elyria Catholic on Wednesday in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams.

Midview (3-0, 1-0) pounded out 15 hits and could have had more if it hadn’t left 11 runners on base, including five in the first two innings.

“Early in the game we just couldn’t get a timely hit, but we’re 3-0 and I’m pretty happy about that,” Midview coach Mike Ives said.

Shortstop Amanda Beursken drove in the Middies’ first run with an RBI single and Carlee Grunda drew a bases-loaded walk with two out in the first inning to make the score 2-0.

An inning later, Haight brought home leadoff hitter Erin DiFranco with a double to center for all the run support Lauren Landers needed.

Landers had her riseball working, striking out six while scattering four hits.

“The defense had my back out there,” she said. “That’s always a big help for me and it always gets me pumped up when we do well at the plate. I think we’re a strong team and we’re going to keep improving throughout the season. We worked really hard in the offseason. We’ve worked hard in practice but we haven’t had too many chances to be outside and it’s just not the same practicing on turf or in the gym.”

Landers also helped her team at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double off the base of the wall in left field to lead off the third inning. Second baseman Audra Clapper, the Middies’ No. 9 hitter, also had three hits and three RBIs.

The Middies scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before batting around in the sixth. That led to six runs and ended the game early due to the 10-run rule.

“Coach told us we had to be patient in the box today and when we got up to bat we were all confident,” Haight said. “This was our first conference game today so we knew we had to come out and play hard.”

The Middies were,t perfect, making three errors and having three runners thrown out trying to steal.

“I’m not sure today was one of the better games we played this year,” Ives said. “But there are always growing pains this time of year. We have some freshmen starting out there and we’re getting better every day.”

Elyria Catholic (0-3, 0-1) did most of its damage in the second inning. Left fielder Ally Kamody led off the inning with a single, catcher Emily Hastings followed with a double and Kamody came around to score on Leigha Donaghue’s single.

Riley St. Marie pitched a complete game in a losing effort.

The Panthers also had their share of troubles on the bases with a pair of runners caught stealing.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

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