Alma knocks out hits in wins.
Abbye Ostrander had three hits in just three innings on April 13. And she was hardly alone in the hit parade
Teammate Zoei Lunsford had three hits and scored three times in Alma’s 15-0 win over the Waldron Bulldogs.
“Some of those kids have struggled and tonight they stepped up,” Alma coach Charla Parrish said. “We started hitting the ball real well, and hopefully that’s what we’ll get for the rest of the season. Those seniors know what to do; they know what it takes to win games.”
Ostrander, Lunsford, Baley Williams, Sophie Morrison, Jenna Wilson and Peyton Barnhill had at least two hits apiece in Alma’s seventh victory of the season.
The Airedalettes (7-11) are 2-1 against 5A-West teams and 3-4 in the blended 5A/6A-West.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit hitting, and it’s good to come out the last two games and hit the ball and the confidence these girls need going into the final stretch of our conference race,” Parrish said.
Ostrander opened the five-run first with a double to left, and Lunsford followed with an RBI single. Williams, Morrison, Wilson and Barnhill followed with a triple and three doubles to extend the lead to 5-0.
Lunsford opened the second with a single to left. She had two hits and scored twice in the inning.
“It’s fun to play games like this, and it’s extra practice to get us ready for the rest of the season,” Lunsford said. “The pitching (Waldron) was a little different than we’re used to, and it’s hard to adjust to that. But we did pretty good adjusting to them. I think we’re getting there, and our hitting is starting to come around.”
Andrea Griffin pitched three no-hit innings for the Airedalettes.
Barnhill opened the third with her third hit of the night, a single.
Jordyn Collyar’s RBI double made it 14-0 and Ostrander capped the scoring with a hustling RBI double.
ALMA 16, OZARK 6
The Airedalettes began their hit parade on April 11 as they rapped out 17 hits to rout Ozark.
Both teams combined for 30 hits during the contest.
Morrison was 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs and three doubles. Wilson was 4 for 4 with four runs scored and two triples. Ostrander and Lunsford added two hits each.
Ozark finished with 13 hits and stranded seven batters. Alma stranded eight. Ozark was led by Chole Wickizer, who was 3 for 4. Lexi McClellan, Katie McCormick, Destiny Hunt and Meagan Harwell had two hits each.
Taylor Coulson earned the win for six innings of work with five earned runs, two strikeouts, and a walk.
Sydni Casto took the loss after giving up six runs in the second inning.
Wilson got things rolling in the second inning with her RBI triple. Collyar, who scored three runs and had two walks, had her only hit, a RBI single and Alma was up 2-1.
Three batters later, Lunsford drove in the first of her five runs with a two-run triple. She and Morrison scored on wild pitches and Alma led 6-1.
Ozark cut into Alma’s lead at the top of the fourth. The Lady Hillbillies trailed 7-2 and scored three runs and got within two. McClellan had a two-run double and reached on a Casto’s flyout to centerfield.
Morrison had a two-run double in the fifth to help Alma extend its lead by five, 10-5.
Ozark reached home at the top of the sixth, but Alma ended the game with a two-out walk-off RBI single from Madi Tobler.
Morrison added a three-run double after Ostrander’s two-run single and pushed the lead to 15-6.