Isabella softball runs past Maplesville

Published 5:57 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By William West/Special to The Advertiser

The Isabella Mustangs varsity softball team took a huge road win against the Maplesville Red Devils on March 9 by a score of 16-0.

In Isabella’s first at bat, Caley Booth hit a ground ball down the third base line to land her on first base to open the game.

She was followed by Tori Fletcher, who also reached base.

This led to a two-run play when Chelsea Cox attempted to steal second base after being walked.

Isabella’s Chandler Kirkland and Jayda Jones also scored runs from third base and first base, respectively, on an Alexis Burnett triple to deep left field.

Maplesville started the bottom of the first when Brinley Carter hit the ball hard to right field, but she was picked off by Alexis Burnett.

Isabella’s pitcher, Cox, threw out Alexus Goggins at first and struck out Maplesville’s third batter to end the first inning ahead, 4-0.

The second inning began similar to the first as Isabella’s Makaela Littleton scored a run from third base as Booth attempted to steal second.

Third at bat, Fletcher, followed that play up with an impressive in-the-park home run. Cox and Kacie Adams also scored on a Kirkland single.

Maplesville’s pitcher, Goggins, was finally able to put a halt to the Mustangs scoring spree by striking out two batters at the top of the second inning.

Maplesville’s first at bat in the next half inning, Cyana Quimby, hit the ball deep into left field but was picked off by Isabella’s Hailey Underwood.

Cox then struck out Maplesville’s next two batters to end the inning up, 8-0.

The pace of the game slowed in the third inning.

Isabella scored two runs from Hailey Underwood and Booth courtesy of a Fletcher triple hit to deep center field.

Maplesville made an impressive and aggressive play late in the top of the third when catcher Quimby tagged a runner out at home when Isabella’s Fletcher tried to turn a triple into a second in-the-park home run.

Isabella’s defense also stood strong in the third inning. A pop-up hit by Maplesville’s Kayla Epperson was snagged by Booth.

Chelsea Dunkin was thrown out at first after hitting a ball to Cox. Allison Jones was also picked off by Isabella’s third baseman, Kirkland. The inning ended with the score, 10-0.

The Mustangs thundered through the fourth and final inning of the game scoring six runs.

Alexis Burnett scored from second on a Littleton double hit to centerfield.

Underwood scored from third base on a Fletcher single down the left baseline. Littleton and Booth scored their second and third runs of the game courtesy of a Cox triple to deep right field. Fletcher scored her third run of the game from an error.

An Adams ground ball single down the middle allowed Cox to get her second run of the evening and the Mustangs final score of the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Carter hit a ground ball to second base but was putout at first from an athletic catch made by Adams.

Second at bat in the inning, Goggins hit a ball to center field and was able to reach first base—the Red Devils first base hit of the night.

This was not to last, as Maplesville’s third at bat in the inning, Megan Weaver, hit the ball to center field leading to a near double play by the Mustangs defense.

Isabella then retired Quimby off of a deep left field hit to end the Red Devils chances of getting on the board and ending the game, 16-0.

Booth went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored, while Fletcher (who went 1-for-4 with three runs scored) and Adams (who went 2-for-3) posted two RBI apiece.

Cox tossed three strikeouts over four innings of work, allowing one hit.

For Maplesville, Goggins went 1-for-3 at the plate, while striking out on the mound over four innings.