The Eddyville-Blakesburg Rocket softball team ran their record to 2-0 on the young season with a 13-0, four-inning South Central Conference home win over Albia Thursday night.
Nataliah Hopkins pitched her second one-hitter in as mny outings and ran her record to 2-0 with the win.
Tara Selvy picked up Albia’s lone hit, as she led off the game with a sharp single to left. The Rockets got Hopkins out of the inning, as third baseman Paige Shafer snagged a liner and doubled the runner off at second. The Rockets continued their solid play by playing errorless ball and kept Albia from mounting any offensive threat.
“The first two games we have played well defensively,” said E-B coach Tony Fenton. “You can see the emphasis we have put on our fielding.”
The Rockets scored in every inning on the way to the win. Tasha Alexander led off the home first with a single, stole second, and scored on an RBI ground out by Hopkins. The Rockets added two in the second, as Jarah Jensen started the inning with the first of her three doubles. The big hit was a two-out, two-RBI single by Makenzie Jensen.
The big inning for the Rockets was the third. They sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits. Jarrah Jensen plated the first two runs with her second double. Two hitters later, Shelby Allgood added a two-RBI single. The final two runs scored on hits by Makenzie Jensen and Tasha Alexander.
One of the things that really stood out in the game was the aggressive baserunning by the Rockets. Time and again they took the extra base and forced the Lady Dees to make the play.
“We want our kids to keep running,” said Fenton. “In fact, we have a couple of kids that have the green light.”
The Rockets ended the game early by scoring four runs before the visitors could record an out in the fourth. Jarrah Jensen had her third double in the inning.
“I’m always looking to be a better hitter,” she said. “I guess I’d say I was a line drive hitter but I just try and go with the pitch.”
After Skyler Harrington singled in a run, Makenzie Jensen, hitting ninth in the Rocket lineup, ended it with a two-run double. The hit finished off her 3-for-3 night with five RBIs.
“I’m comfortable hitting ninth” said Makenzie Jensen. “I think teams don’t expect that hitting from the ninth spot.”
Albia, starting four freshmen, is still looking for its first win.
“It’s a little surprising the way we have started, since we had 10 or 12 really sharp practices to close out the spring,” said Albia coach Mitch Chance. “We just need to realize that the process of getting better happens one game at a time.”
E-B gets back into action tonight as they host Fairfield for a doubleheader.
Eddyville-Blakesburg 13, Albia 0 4 innings
Albia 000 0 — 0 1 4
E-B 126 4 — 13 13 0
Albia battery — Lexi Van Polen (LP) (3IP, 13H, 13R, 7ER, 1K, 2BB), Emma Dinneen catching.
Hits — Selvy 1-for-2.
Eddyville-Blakesburg battery — Hopkins (WP, 2-0) (4IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB), J. Jensen catching.
2B — J. Jensen 3, M. Jensen.
Hits — Tasha Alexander 2-for-3, Tarah Alexander 1-for-3, Bethany Reinhard 1-for-3, J. Jensen 3-for-3, Shafer 1-for-1, Allgood 1-for-3, Harrington 1-for-3, M.Jensen 3-for-3.
RBI — Tasha Alexander, Hopkins, J. Jensen 2, Allgood 2, Harrington, M.Jensen 5. Runs — Tasha Alexander, Tarah Alexander, Reinhard 2, Grace Lee 3, Shafer 3, Allgood 2, Harrington.