Lady Rebels win season opener

Published 9:21 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By Stephen Dawkins

Thorsby on Tuesday hit like a team in the midst of a playoff run instead of one playing its first game of the season.
The Rebels softball team pounded out six extra-base hits and 14 hits overall in a 15-5, five-inning win over visiting Verbena, who was also playing its season opener.
Ashlin Hilyer, Heather Day and Katie Barnett recorded three hits each.
Hilyer had two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Day recorded one double, four RBI and one run scored; and Barnett contributed a double, a triple, two RBI and one run.
Tiffany Morgan earned the win. She allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk over five innings while striking out nine Red Devils.
Haley Kelley and Chanin Hancock both doubled for Verbena. Kelley walked once, and Hancock, who suffered the loss on the mound, drove in a run.
Verbena leadoff batter Mattie Cleckler went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Ashlie Shiers drove in two runs.
Thorsby took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Verbena scored three runs in the top of the third.
The hosts answered with five runs—two on a Barnett triple—in the bottom half of the frame and had the lead for good.