ROXANA — The Civic Memorial softball team’s hitting proved to be enough to defeat the Roxana Shells on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Roxana Park.
The Eagles (4-2) defeated the Shells 23-12. The contest, which lasted approximately two hours and six minutes, ended after the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.
“I’m sure that (Roxana) coach (Mike) Arbuthnut was not really happy with some of his plays and I really wasn’t happy with some of our plays,” CM head coach Mike Eddy said when asked about the high-scoring nature of the contest. “I’ll have to give our girls credit, they did respond to them.”
The Eagles wasted little time in establishing a lead, as they scored four runs in the first inning. Shortstop Katelyn Turbyfill led off the inning with a triple. Cassie Reed’s single brought Turbyfill home from third. The Eagles scored their second run due to a Roxana error and Isabella Roberts added one-run single in the four-run first.
Turbyfill certainly made her presence known in the high-scoring game. She went 4-5 at the plate, following up the first-inning triple with a double in the second, a single in the third, she made it to first on a force out in the fourth and tripled in the sixth.
“It’s not our best game, but we still have to come out here and hit and play,” Turbyfill said.
The Shells (1-4) managed nothing but three ground outs in the bottom of the first. The Eagles continued to build on their lead in the second inning. Susan Buchanan’s two-run single made the lead 6-0.
CM went up 7-0 in the third when Turbyfill stole home. Reed’s one-run single and Buchanan’s one-run double gave the Eagles a 9-0 advantage.
The Shells started to show some life in their half of the third. Lindsey Scroggins scored Roxana’s first run, taking advantage of an Eagles’ error. Abby Palen’s one-run single scored the Shells’ second run. Ashley Betts scored the third and final run of the inning when she scampered home from third following Shelby Jackson’s ground out at first.
“I didn’t think we came out like we were ready to play,” Roxana coach Mike Arbuthnut said. “We’re young this year.”
But Arbuthnut said he liked the fight his team showed at times.
“I liked the way we didn’t quit,” he said. “We put some runs on the board and put some kids in there that showed us what they could do.”
CM scored six more runs in the fourth, as it led 16-3 at the end of the inning, and it scored once more in the fifth to balloon it to 17-3.
Roxana chipped away at the Eagles' lead in the bottom of the fifth. Hannah Rexford, the Shells’ starting pitcher, led off the inning with a single and Betts followed up with another single. Palen drove both home with a triple to cut the deficit to 17-5. Palen ran home to score the sixth run after Olivia Strangler grounded out at first.
Taylor Antoine’s one-run single made the score 17-7 CM. Rexford and Betts pounded out two RBIs later in the inning and the Eagles lead was shaved to 17-11 by the end of the fifth.
CM exploded for six more runs in the sixth and Roxana could only muster one more run in the home half of the inning.
Rexford threw the first three innings for the Shells and Phoebe Booher relieved her in the fourth, with Strangler relieving Booher in the fifth. Ryan Allison started in the circle for the Eagles. Kaitlyn Wrenn relived her in the sixth.
Roxana next plays at 11 a.m. Friday against Breese Central on the road. CM returns to action at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Belleville East.