ROXANA – Jaylyn Lowrance came out swinging and the Civic Memorial Eagles swung into action Thursday afternoon.
They defeated host Roxana 12-7 in a nonconference softball game for their first victory in four tries. The Shells are winless after three games.
“It’s a nice win because we have been struggling defensively,” CM coach Mike Eddy said. “If we continue to believe in ourselves, we will get there.”
Lowrance, a senior first baseman, made certain the Eagles weren’t struggling on offense. She spearheaded a 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, four RBIs and a stolen base. Her two-run single highlighted a five-run second as CM built a 7-0 advantage.
“It’s definitely up there with one of the best games I’ve had,” Lowrance said of her lusty hitting. “I don’t remember ever hitting two triples in a game. I was just trying to put the ball in play and advance the runners.”
Eddy said, “Jaylyn was really stinging the ball.”
Roxana coach Pat Keith added, “She’s a good player and they have some good hitters.”
Teammates Kelsey Deaton, Maddie Hall and winning pitcher Shelby Whaley contributed two hits apiece and collected five RBIs in all. Hall stroked a two-run triple in a four-run fourth.
“I like our hitting,” Eddy said. “We can put the ball in play a lot.”
CM led 8-0 in the third inning and 12-2 by the fifth, but the Eagles couldn’t close out the Shells quickly. Roxana, one out from sustaining a 10-run loss, scored three times in the bottom of the fifth. The Shells also scored in the sixth and seventh to push the Eagles.
“I was happy with the way we came back,” Keith said. “We played hard and competed, even when we got down by 10 runs.”
He said, “We’re a young team, so I like the way we battled. Especially after Wednesday’s game.
“It was a nice comeback and a step in the right direction,” he said. Roxana lost to Calhoun, 27-0, in a five-inning game Wednesday.
Ashley Meyers went 3-for-4 with a double and reached base four times. Kelsie Flatt was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and got on base four times. Cindy Scroggins and Abby Palen both had two hits.
“Give Roxana credit. They kept coming back on us and we kind of faltered,” Eddy said. “We have to learn to finish games.”
Whaley, a sophomore, scattered a dozen hits, as did losing pitcher Andrea Lawson, a junior. She blanked CM over the final three innings. Overall, each team made three errors.
“It’s a learning process with Shelby,” Eddy said. “But she made some quality pitches when she had to make them.”
Lowrance said, “I think Shelby pitched well for us and everybody came together today.”
CM 12, ROXANA 7
CM 251 400 0 – 12 12 3
Roxana 002 031 1 – 7 12 3
CM (1-3) – Jennings 1-2 RBI, Lowrance 3-4 3B-2 RBI-4, Deaton 2-3 RBI, Turbyfill 1-4, Hall 2-4 2B 3B RBI-2, Lewis 1-4, Whaley 2-3 RBI-2. WP – Whaley IP-7 H-12 R-7 ER-5 BB-2 K-4
Roxana (0-3) – Scroggins 2-5 3B, Meyers 3-3 2B RBI, Flatt 2-3 3B RBI-3, Palen 2-3 RBI, Knight 1-4 RBI, Lawson 1-4, Sherer 1-4. LP – Lawson IP-7 H-12 R-12 ER-9 BB-2 K-3