(April 23rd, 2015) – EDON: After trailing in the first inning, the Lady Bombers went on to dismantle the Stryker defense. While the Lady Panther offense was solid hitting the ball, they just couldn’t put runs on the scoreboard.
The result of this turn of events was a 21-2 victory for the Edon girls over their guests from Stryker.
Taking the first turn to bat, the Panther girls took full advantage of the opportunity, knocking in a pair of runs for the early 2-0 lead. The Lady Bombers managed to counter with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, but still trailed heading into the second inning. Stryker would not find the same success in the top of the second, failing to produce a run for their half of the inning.
It was the bottom of the second that marked the beginning of the end for the Stryker girls. Edon ripped off 6 runs to claim a commanding lead without warning. The stunned Panthers were unable to score another run for the remainder of the contest, while the Bombers would total a combined 14 runs in the next two innings. When Stryker was unable to put up 10 runs in the top of the fifth, the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Edon looked to follow the example of Alex Kiess at the plate, as the senior had a phenomenal day swinging the bat. Going 4 for 5 from the batter’s box, Kiess racked up 4 RBIs as she hit 3 singles and a double. Sophomore teammate Shaylee Manahan only scored a hit on 1 of her 5 plate appearances, yet still managed to knock in runs with a 3 RBI double.
With a 2 for 2 effort with the bat herself, Stryker’s Kaitlin Wonders had a solid day at the plate as well. She hit a single and a home run, driving in both of her team’s 2 RBIs. Fellow Panther Sierra Walters was 2 for 3 in the game, earning a pair of singles.
Senior ace Kaitlin Chrisman did the Bomber faithful proud on the mound, pitching a complete game while taking home the win. She struck out 3 while giving up 2 earned runs on 9 hits. Also of note, Chrisman did not give up a walk.
Miranda Maynard pitched all four innings for Stryker, allowing 9 earned runs off of 14 hits. The sophomore had 4 strikeouts, walking 6 in the loss.