MORAVIA – Stepping in for an ace pitcher with the ability to play at the Division I level, freshman Autumn McDanel stepped right up for the Moravia softball team in their season opener against Bluegrass rival Seymour on Tuesday. Taking over for current Evansville Ace Annie Moore, McDanel made a very smooth transition to the new role as the freshman hurler struck out 17 batters while allowing just three hits in a 4-1 win over the Warriorettes.
“She threw a good game for us. She did a decent job of hitting her spots and stayed in control of the ballgame,” Moravia head softball coach Jarred Power said. “The biggest thing Autumn did was stay ahead in the count to be able to throw what she wanted.”
Senior Katelynn Tracy came up with two of the Mohawks’ five hits in its opener and scored one of their four runs. Gracie Hamilton snapped the shutout bid of McDanel in the seventh with an RBI single that brought in Mallory Sherrard with the only run of the game for Seymour.
Moravia (1-0, 1-0) took on Mormon Trail Thursday night in the Mohawks first road game of the season as The Courier went to press. Seymour heads to Mormon Trail tonight while Moravia next plays Carlisle and Davis County at Centerville’s ‘Redette’ Tournament on Saturday.
Moravia 4, Seymour 1
Seymour 000 000 1 — 1 3 5
Moravia 000 220 x — 4 5 2
Seymour battery — Jocey Parham (W, 0-1) (6IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 3K), Gracie Hamilton catching.
2B — Hamilton.
Hits — Hamilton 1-1, Abby Brown 1-3, Mallory Sherrard 1-3.
RBI — Hamilton.
Runs — Sherrard.
Moravia battery — Autumn McDanel (W, 1-0) (7IP, 3H, R, ER, 17K), Abbie Wilson catching.
Hits — Katelynn Tracy 2-3, McDanel 1-3, Nicole Self 1-3, Sam Williams 1-3.
RBI — Self, Williams, Ellie Winger.
Runs — Brooklyn Benjamin, Hannah Eastlick, Self, Tracy.