Softball begins for area schools

Slow pitch season officially began last Saturday, and area teams spent the day at a preseason tournament at Myrtle.

The host team picked up two wins, defeating Falkner, 5-3, and Hickory Flat, 4-3.
Against the Lady Eagles, a trio of Lady Hawks had multiple hits in the win. Myrtle built an early 4-0 lead after opening the game with four hits and two runs in the first and adding two more runs in the second off a double by Amber Cook and a Falkner error.
Myrtle’s fifth run came in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Keely Chunn, and the Lady Hawk defense had to hold off Falkner in the final two innings, as the Lady Eagles scored three runs off four hits. Before the sixth inning, Emily Cook and the Lady Hawk defense held Falkner to only two hits.
Amber Cook, Chunn and Lauren Coggin each had two hits to lead Myrtle’s offense.
Against Hickory Flat, the Lady Hawks had to come from behind to defeat the Lady Rebels, scoring four runs in the final two innings.
Hickory Flat got on the board in the third inning, scoring two runs with bases loaded and added its third run in the fourth on an RBI double by Hannah Sharp.
Myrtle scored two runs in the fifth and tied the game on an RBI single by Audrey Kent in the sixth. An error in the outfield plated the go-ahead run for Myrtle.
Emily Cook had three hits for Myrtle, and Kent added two in the win.
East Union
Also picking up two wins in the tournament was East Union, who defeated New Albany, 12-0, and Pine Grove, 5-1.
Against the Lady Bulldogs, Kallie Roberts had three hits in the four-inning game.
East Union scored in each inning, beginning with a two-run triple by Ashley Leach in the first inning. Kallie Roberts and Mallory Roberts had RBI singles in the second and Gabi Kiddy had an RBI double that capped a four-run fourth inning for the Lady Urchins.
Kallie Roberts and Leach each had three RBI, while Mallory Roberts brought in two runs in the win. For New Albany, the Lady Bulldogs’ offense was highlighted by a double from Angel Joslin in the fourth inning.
In the win against Pine Grove, Kiddy had two hits in the win over the Lady Panthers.
An error brought in the first run for the Lady Urchins in the opening inning, and Pine Grove tied the game in the third off an error. East  Union distanced itself in the fifth, scoring four runs off five hits, including RBI singles from Mallory Roberts, Ashley Prewett and Stephanie Hardy.
The Lady Falcons opened the season with two shutout wins over Falkner, 16-0, and Hickory Flat, 8-0.
Reid Little had three hits against Falkner, including an RBI double to open the scoring in the first inning. Ingomar plated eight runs in the opening frame with six hits, including a two-run double from Morgan Gooch, making it 5-0.
Lauren Koon had a two-run triple in the second inning, and Ingomar added two more runs off of errors, and Kate Webb had an RBI triple, followed by an RBI single from Little in the third inning.
Heather Dillard, Amy Fooshee and Koon each had two hits for Ingomar in the win.
Dillard and Little each had three hits in the 8-0 win against Hickory Flat.
Ingomar scored four in the first inning, capped by a two-run double from Little. After a leadoff walk in the second, Dillard plated Kelly Fooshee on a triple and later scored on a single from Little. Little had another two-run double in the fourth inning.
Hickory Flat was held to two hits in the game, and Falkner had three hits.
New Albany
The Lady Bulldogs were able to give valuable playing time to its younger team members with five starters out for the volleyball game at Lewisburg.
New Albany opened the day playing Pine Grove, and scored the game’s first three runs.
The Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases on a error walk and a single from Tamarria Ivy. Quinlan Amos cleared the bases with a triple, and the Lady Bulldogs would add one more run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Shaneka Cullins.
Falkner responded in the bottom of the first, scoring six runs and added runs in each inning played to pick up the 14-4 win.
West Union was also in action on Saturday, playing in a preseason tournament at Independence. The Lady Eagles split on the day, falling to Independence, 8-7, and defeating Strayhorn, 11-5.