BLUE — Rock Creek needed only four innings to claim a 16-2 victory over Boswell in a slow-pitch softball match-up Monday afternoon.
The Lady Scorpions were shut down in the first inning after sending only four batters to the plate. The Lady Mustangs batted around, getting back to six-hole hitter Harlie Heflin and mounting an 11-0 lead before Boswell could stop the bleeding.
Lady Mustang’s leadoff Kaytlin Blackburn reached second after Boswell second baseman Breah Stewart missed the fly ball. Then, it seemed Rock Creek had set a target in the outfield, picking on Boswell centerfielder Abby Ingram and rover Mattie Fox. Ashlyn Robinson dropped an RBI double left of center, and after Arie Young advanced her to third, Michelle Wheeler dropped an RBI triple in approximately the same place.
Michaela Stinson walked to put runners at the corners, setting up Harlie Heflin’s RBI single. Carol Scott sent another pitch sailing to left-center for her own RBI single, and Karrie Blackburn blasted one to the same spot for a triple and two runs batted in. Megan Robinson didn’t have the same luck out there with a pop-up that accounted for the second out of the inning.
Alyssa Robinson got things rolling again with a single, and Kaytlin Blackburn opted for right-center with an RBI triple. Ashlynn Robinson set her sites a little further with a bomb over the right-center fence that bounced off the new platform built on the other side for a three-run homer.
Young dropped a single in short right field before Wheeler took one the other way to reach first. Stinson got one down over second base to score Young before Heflin struck out to end the inning.
Stewart and Virginia Beddo took back-to-back walks for Boswell before Mattie Fox reached first on a fielder’s choice that sent Stewart back to the dugout. But Beddo and Fox were left on base after Rock Creek pitcher Stinson struck out Lyndsay Jackson and Abby Ingram flied out to short stop Young.
Rock Creek was retired in order to close the second inning.
Michaela Armbrister grounded out to the pitcher to start the third. After Jonna Belvin took a walk, Chelsea Burns got a double off a fly ball to left-center. Paige Shults grounded out to short stop to bring up Courtney Fomby. Her fly to left field fell off Megan Robinson’s glove, and the ensuing confusion about where to go with the ball left Fomby standing at second with a pair of RBIs. And that was as far as she would go, since Stewart struck out to end the threat.
The Lady Mustangs went three-and-out again. Despite their 11-2 lead, it certainly felt like a momentum shift.
“You see how quick things can change?” coach Wade Johnson said as his Lady Mustangs took the field to start the fourth inning.
His defense responded. Rock Creek earned three outs through four batters. Boswell’s Jackson barely made it to first when second baseman Karrie Blackburn made a diving effort.
Young was first up for the Lady Mustangs and got a single. Wheeler followed that with a two-run, inside-the-park homer to centerfield.
Stinson grounded out to second base. Heflin hit another to left-center for a single, and Scott followed with a double. Karrie Blackburn scored Heflin on a one-bagger. Megan Robinson was the inning’s second out, but it earned her an RBI. Allison Robinson, who had taken over on the mound in the top of the inning, then got a base rap that brought in the 16th Rock Creek score.
The game was called.
Rock Creek also won the junior-varsity game, 3-0. Highlights included a home run over the right-field fence by Arie Young, who also was involved in a double play as the second baseman. In left field, Riley Angello made two catches in one inning.
Rock Creek moves to 4-3 on the season. The Lady Mustangs will be in action again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Valliant with seven-inning varsity and five-inning junior-varsity games. Caney originally was scheduled in a three-team format, but coach Johnson said he was notified there weren’t enough Lady Cougars to make the trip.