MONROE — Eaton’s softball team saw its four-game winning streak snapped on Friday, April 29 at the hands of Lemon-Monroe in a Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division game.
The Eagles, though, bounced back on Tuesday, May 3, with an 11-3 win over Talawanda.
The Eagles outhit the host Hornets eight to six, but couldn’t manage to string enough hits together to plate any runs in suffering a 6-1 setback.
The Hornets scored a run in the first and two runs in each the second and third innings to take a 6-0 lead. Eaton scored its lone run in the sixth.
Senior Meghan Puckett was 2-for-3 and senior Jayna Lee was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
“Friday with Monroe was very frustrating, we out hit them eight to six. What hurt us was four walks on the mound and them having those timely hits with runners on, which we couldn’t do,” Eaton coach Maggie Neanen said. ” We only had one error but had a few mental errors that costs us runs. We have to bounce back because we still have a whole week of games to play before the tournament.”
Eaton opened the week with a 10-2 win over Valley View on Wednesday, extending it winning streak to a season-high four games.
Eaton scored seven runs in the second and added three more in the third to take control of the game.
Freshman Becca Mowen was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Freshman Logan Unger added a pair of hits, including a triple. Puckett had a double and drove in two runs. Junior Grace Miller added a double and two RBIs. Freshman Annika Gels tossed a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out 13.
Against Talawanda, Eaton scored on an RBI single by Mowen. Eaton broke the game open with six runs in the third.
Madison Couch singled and Puckett walked. Mowen then drove in Couch with an single to make it 2-0. Gels followed with an RBI single to right to make it 4-0. Jayna Lee scored on an error and Couch followed with an single to drive in a run for a 7-0 lead.
Couch finished 4-for-5. Puckett was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Mowen was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Stacia Weathington added two hits as did Emily Dungan and Gels. Gels pitched six innings and struck out six, while allowing six hits.
“Overall, we had a pretty good game. It was nice seeing our girls score throughout the whole game and string some hits together which we haven’t been doing the past couple games. Together we were 15-for-31 at the plate, we couldn’t ask for a better hitting day,” Neanen said. “Our pitchers threw well the entire game and made them earn their runs. We have to keep competing each pitch, each play and stay sharp.”
Eaton (13-7, 6-4 SWBL) was scheduled to play at Oakwood on Thursday and host Monroe on Friday to close out SWBL and regular season play.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH