Courier sports staff
Nataliah Hopkins turned in a strong performance on the mound to help Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont defeat rival Albia 7-1 Thursday in South Central Conference action.
"I thought we came out of the box and jumped on them," E-B-F softball coach Tony Fenton said. "I thought we really executed well offensively. I was very pleased with the effort we got tonight."
Paige Shafer went 3-5 at the plate, including a triple, and Tasha Alexander and Shelby Allgood both went 3-for-4 for the Rockets. Alexander also drove in a team-high three RBI.
Lexi VanPolen took the loss on the mound for the Lady Dees. She allowed seven runs on 12 hits. Albia's Anna Riley and Sydney Weldon both went 2-4.
E-B-F (1-1) plays Fairfield in a non-conference doubleheader today. Albia (1-1) plays in a tournament in Williamsburg Saturday.
E-B-F 7, Albia 1
Eddy 212 200 0 — 7 12 1
Albi 000 000 1 — 1 5 3
E-B-F battery — Nataliah Hopkins (W, 1-1) (7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 7K, 1BB), Jarrah Jensen catching.
2B — Tasha Alexander.
3B — Paige Shafer.
Hits —Shafer 3 -for-5, Haegen Boyer 2-for-5, T. Alexander 3-for-4, Shelby Allgood 3-for-4, Sadie Baugher 2-for-4.
RBI — T. Alexander 3, Allgood, Makenzie Jensen. Runs — Shafer 2, Boyer, Alexander, Mckinley Moore, Allgood, Baugher.
Home Team battery — Lexi VanPolen (W-L, 1-0) (7IP, 12H, 7R, 3K, 2BB), Emma Dinneen catching.
2B — Sydney Weldon.
Hits — Sydney Weldon 2-for-4, Anna Riley 2-for-4, Van Pollen 1-for-3.