ALTON – The future of two local prep softball programs went on display Monday at Moore Park. And the prospects look bright.
Freshman Meghan Schorman of Marquette Catholic outdueled frosh pitcher Hannah Rexford of Roxana, 2-0. The Explorers improved to 3-0, as did Schorman. The Shells are 0-3.
“It was a really good early-season game,” Roxana coach Mike Arbuthnot. “She (Schorman) did a great job and Hannah pitched a great game.”
Schorman struck out 17, walked two and allowed only two hits. Rexford fanned 11, gave up four hits and one earned run. The Explorers scored twice in the second inning and that’s all they needed during the windy, chilly afternoon.
“My curve and fastball were working today,” Schorman said, “but I think I pitched better in my last game against Metro East Lutheran. Our team is doing well and they are really helping me the way we work together.
“I’m ready to pitch as much as needed.”
Marquette manager Dan Wiedman said Schorman’s quick success is no surprise.
“Meghan has pitched on a select team in St. Louis and she has a lot of talent,” he said. “She throws hard, her ball moves and she keeps her composure. She’s really off to a good start.”
Schorman needed plenty of poise early on in the nonconference game. The Shells had runners at first and second with nobody out in the opening inning. Then Schorman struck out the next three hitters.
Roxana also had a runner at third base with two outs in the second inning, but Shelby Jackson was tagged out at the plate when she tried to score on a short passed ball.
”We had a couple of opportunities, but after those, we were overmatched,” Arbuthnot said. “We need to have a better approach at the plate.”
Three times, Schorman struck out the side. She registered two strikeouts in each of the other four innings. Left fielder Megan McClard made a shoestring catch to rob Hannah Rexford of a hit in the fourth. One out later, Abbey Palen singled and advanced to second base on an error. Then Schorman silenced the Shells, as she did in the sixth in pitching around a single and an error.
It was also Schorman igniting the Explorers in the second inning. She singled, got bunted to second and scored on Grace Frost’s hit to center field. Frost, a freshman catcher, made it all the way to third base on an outfield error. She then scored on a passed ball.
“Grace had a good game, too,” Wiedman said. “That’s something to have a freshman battery. We have a good, young team.”
The Shells also are counting on some young players for big things. It could start with lefty pitcher Rexford.
“She’s a good pitcher,” Wiedman said.
The Explorers and Shells made Monday’s game work in a last-minute scheduling move. Marquette had a Saturday doubleheader with Gillespie rained out and sought a game early this week.
“I called Arb on Sunday and asked him if he wanted to play us on Monday and he said ‘sure.’ We’re both old-school softball guys,” Wiedman quipped.
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 2, ROXANA 0
Roxana 000 000 0 – 0 2 1
Marquette 020 000 X – 2 4 2
Roxana (0-3) – H. Rexford 1-3, Palen 1-3. LP—H. Rexford IP-6 H-4 R-2 ER-1 BB-0 K-11
Marquette (3-0) – Harshbarger 1-3 2B, Wittich 1-3, Schorman 1-2, Frost 1-2 RBI. WP – Schorman IP-7 H-2 R-0 BB-2 K-17