ROXANA — The Roxana Shells had few problems with the Marquette Catholic Explorers on Monday at Roxana Park.
The Shells defeated the Explores 12-2, as the contest ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule. The Explorers jumped on top with two runs in the first inning. Marquette went up 1-0 when Tess Eberlin smacked a fly ball into centerfield and Emma Taylor ran home from third. Grace Frost’s one-run triple made the score 2-0 Explorers.
But the Shells would quickly turn things around in the bottom of the first. Phoebe Booher’s two-run single tied the game up. A Marquette error allowed Roxana to score two runs and take a 4-2 lead. Lindsey Scroggin’s one-run single made the score 5-2 Shells.
The Explorers failed to gain any momentum in the second inning. Shells’ pitcher Hannah Rexford struck out two batters in the second and faced just four hitters. Rexford struck out five batters, walked one and gave up three hits in the game.
“I threw more movement pitches than I did speed,” Rexford said. “I just kept them from making hard contact.”
The Shells put together an offensive explosion in the fourth inning, as they tacked on five more runs behind a one-run triple from Abby Palen, a one-run single from Booher, a one-run single from Shelbie Jackson and a two-run single from Sam Sherer.
“They scored two runs in the first inning and I liked the way the kids bounced back,” Roxana coach Mike Arbuthnut said. “We were kind of patient at the plate to start with and their pitcher had a bit of problem finding the plate and I thought we adjusted pretty well with that. It’s a typical high school softball game and it’s March 21 and our pitchers are trying to find their groove and our hitters are trying to find their groove. We were fortunate to score some runs and get some big hits.”
Marquette coach Dan Wiedman talked of how his team struggled in more than one way.
“There’s was so many mistakes out there, things we need to work on,” he said. “You can’t narrow it down to one thing. There’s a laundry list of things that need to be fixed. We’ve worked on this stuff in practice. We have a young team with a lot of inexperienced players, but they have to start paying attention to what’s going on, they have to start executing. We didn’t know what to do when the ball came to us. There’s a lot of things you can’t do at this level and win a softball game.”
Roxana scored another run in the fifth. The Shells finished the game when Palen’s one-run double in the sixth made the score 12-2.