Game 1 –
Ashley Thorne was in the zone on Thursday, tallying five hits in the first game and leading the Valley Center Softball team to a 16-6 win over Hutchinson. Thorne singled in the first, singled in the second, singled in the third, singled in the fifth, and doubled in the fifth. The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game. The Hornets collected 18 hits and Hutchinson had eight.
Hutchinson opened up scoring in the first inning, with a homer on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs. But, VCHS took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third Thorne singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run and Taylor Rowley singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
The Hornets tallied eight runs in the fifth inning. The big bats were led by Rowley, Reagan Fischer, Mallory Feather, Caitlin Edwards, Emma Anderson, and Emma Meyer, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in this inning.
Anderson led things off on the hill. She surrendered six runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out two.
Thorne, Rowley, Meyer, Edwards, and Fischer each racked up multiple hits. Thorne led this game with five hits in five at bats.
Ashley Thorne hit big again this game, tallying four hits and leading the Hornets to a 17-5 win over Hutchinson in the second game of the night. Thorne singled in the first, singled again in the first, singled in the second, and singled in the fifth.
Caitlin Edwards led things off on the rubber for the Hornets. She lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out three. Emma Anderson came in as relief.
The Hornets had three home runs on the day. Fischer had a grand slam in the fifth inning to put the Hornets over the top and run rule the Salthawks. Taylor Rowley had a dinger in the third and fourth innings.
In all, the Hornets had 14 hits in this game. Thorne, Fantasia Sams, Haley Rutschman, and Rowley all had multiple hits. Thorne went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead the team (she went nine for ten on the night). The Hornets didn’t commit a single error in the field.
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