October 18, 2012

On to Columbus

Northwest softball sweeps in second round



Boyd kept it that way until the fourth, when first baseman Mallory Souther started the inning with a single to left and Karlie Henson laid down a sacrifice bunt. Jamison Payne followed with a grounder that was misplayed at short to put runners at the corner and Colbie Thomas followed with an infield single between the pitcher’s circle and third to bring in Souther.

A sac bunt by Hannah Godfrey put runners at second and third to bring up Cruse. The intentional walk followed and Conner responded with her rip down the line. Conner struck again in the sixth after Godfrey started off the inning with a triple to right-center. Conner’s bloop double to left gave Boyd all the cushion she needed.

The senior right-hander ended the game with a three-up, three-down seventh, striking out a pair to end with 11 strikeouts. Cruse, Souther and Conner were all 2-for-3 in the game.

With Carrollton playing as the home team in the second game, Northwest took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second off an RBI double from Thomas and a sacrifice fly by Godfrey.

But the Lady Trojans responded in the bottom half of the inning as a Northwest error and an RBI single from Montana Miles allowed an unearned run.

Northwest answered when Souther blasted a two-run homer to left for a 4-1 lead. Singles from Conner and Macy Weeks drove in two more in the fourth, and Northwest scored an unearned run in the fifth for a 7-1 advantage.

A Souther sacrifice fly in the sixth stretched the lead to 8-1 and then the wheels came off for Carrollton in the seventh. Northwest scored seven runs on four hits, three Lady Trojan errors, two walks and two hit batters.

Fittingly, Boyd struck out the first and last batters she faced in the bottom of the inning.

Godfrey was 3-for-5, Karlie Henson was 2-for-3 and Souther was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

“We are ready for Columbus,” Souther said. “When we start scoring like that, we know that Emily is going to take care of the rest. It is easier for her to relax, and we always want to score first and let her take care of the rest.”

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