EATON — Behind solid pitching and timely hitting, Eaton’s softball team picked up a pair of run-rule victories over visiting Twin Valley South on Saturday, April 23, winning 11-1 and 13-3.
With the wins, Eaton improved to 10-6 on the season. South falls to 4-13.
The Eagles scored seven times in the fourth inning to break open a close game en route to the 5-inning win in the first game.
Eaton scored in the fourth on a walk by Meghan Puckett, an error, a walk by Emily Dungan, a walk by Jayna Lee, an error, and a two-run double by Ashlynn Black, who was 2-for-2.
Puckett was dominant in the circle for Eaton as Twin Valley South managed just three hits off her. She walked none and struck out five.
Hailee Bright took the loss for Twin Valley South. She allowed 11 runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked six and struck out one.
Eaton took the lead for good after scoring one run in the first inning.
Eaton scored one run in each of the second, third and fifth. In the second, the Eagles scored on a single by Black.
Lacey Emrick had a pair of hits for the Panthers.
In game two, Eaton scored four times in the first to take control of the contest, which lasted 6-innings.
Five runs in the first three innings allowed the Eagles to put the game away early.
A two-run error, a fielder’s choice, and an error during the first inning and an RBI double by Becca Mowen in the second inning supplied the early offense for Eaton.
Mowen racked up five RBIs on three hits.
Annika Gels got the win for Eaton thanks to six strikeouts. Gels allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks over six innings.
Hailee Bright took the loss again, as she allowed 13 runs in 5 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out four.
The Eagles scored three runs of their own in the fourth, scoring on two-run triple by Mowen and an RBI single by Madison Couch.
Eaton increased its lead with two runs in the fifth. A clutch error scored Kathryn Madewell to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Meghan Puckett’s single, scoring Claire Gething.
South scored two in the fourth and one in the sixth. Kelsie Shafer was 3-for-3.
It didn’t take long for Eaton to respond to the Panthers’ run-producing sixth inning, as they scored three runs of their own in the sixth. Eaton scored on an RBI double by Gels, an RBI single by Bailee Worley, and an RBI double by Puckett, who was 4-for-4 with two RBIs.
Emily Dungan also added a pair of hits for Eaton.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or @emowen_RH.