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Softball: Greenwood Rings Belles, 13-1

<p>Greenwood’s Abbey Lejong slides safely into third base under the tag attempt by Tori Niedzwiedz of Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Greenwood.</p>

Greenwood’s Abbey Lejong slides safely into third base under the tag attempt by Tori Niedzwiedz of Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Greenwood.

<p>Greenwood’s Mariko McCraney catches a line drive hit by Hannah Kassler of Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Greenwood.</p>

Greenwood’s Mariko McCraney catches a line drive hit by Hannah Kassler of Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Greenwood.

After going through spring break and then a week of rained-out games, Greenwood was just happy to get back on the softball diamond on Friday.

The bonus was a 13-1 thrashing of Mount St. Mary’s Academy in 7A/6A-Central play.

“We were a little rusty from not having played in a week and it showed the first couple of innings,” Greenwood coach Ronnie Sockey said. “We need some work, but we got to swinging the bats pretty well today.”

Greenwood (5-7, 2-1) hammered out 15 hits and and ended the game with the run rule. The Lady Bulldogs had five doubles and a triple.

The Mount St. Mary’s coach was ejected from the game for arguing a call at third base and kicking a bucket early in the game. Things went downhill from there for the Belles (3-7, 2-3).

Leading 3-1 after three, Greenwood scored 10 runs in the fourth. Sydnie Henson had a triple, two RBIs and scored three runs for Greenwood batting ninth in the lineup.

“She was really just doing some courtesy running for us, but she is one of our fastest players and we wanted to get her in the lineup,” Sockey said. “She played outfield today and swung the bat pretty well.”

Henson’s two-run triple put an exclamation point on the big fourth inning. Henson wound up scrambling home on the play on a Mount St. Mary’s throwing error.

Leadoff batter Abby Lejong was 3 for 3 with a walk, two walks and two RBIs. No. 2 hitter Kameron Brewer had a double and three RBIs, Allie Barnes had two hits and two RBIs and Brooke Kiene also had two RBIs.

Olivia Taylor got the win after giving up two hits, two walks and a run in the second. Taylor did limit the damage of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout and ground ball out.

“Olivia got behind a few batters in that second inning and struggled a little, but overall she pitched well,” Sockey said. “I am really happy about the way we swung the bat at the bottom of the order.”

Southside 2, Conway 0

Andee Tiffee threw a one-hitter and had 13 strikeouts for Southside (9-3, 2-0) in a 7A/6A-Central win.

Ciara Sweeney had a hit and a sacrifice bunt. Madison Hill made a big defensive play in the sixth inning by catching a line drive with two outs and two that ended the inning.

High School Softball

7A/6A-Central

Greenwood 13, Mount St. Mary’s 1 (5)

MSM 010 00 — 1 2 2

Greenwood 120 (10) — 13 15 0

Sanders and Collins; Taylor and Pate. W — Taylor, 3-5. L — Sanders.

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