April 17th, 2012

Ray, Holy Cross Clobber Valley Vikings 15-0

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

Ray, Holy Cross Clobber Valley Vikings 15-0
photo by Brad Knoop

Cougar softball team wins easily during three-inning game

There are instant oil changes that take longer than the Valley-Holy Cross High School softball game did Tuesday night on Dixie Highway.

Cougar junior Madison Ray put on a slick display of strikeouts and her teammates scored runs often and early to lead host Holy Cross to a 15-0 win in a three-inning game that lasted about 40 minutes.

Ray quickly struck out the first two Viking batters before the third batter put the ball in play. It was a slow line drive to first base, which freshman Bayley Brutscher squeezed for the final out of the inning.

The Cougars couldn’t wait to swing the bats. Sophomore Rebecca Miller roped the first pitch into left center field for a leadoff triple. Miller scored when freshman Ally Brutscher bunted her in.

The Cougars continued clobbering the ball as freshman Morgan Gailor singled to center field and sophomore Caroline Hale doubled to right field. Holy Cross scored five runs before the Vikings could record the first out of the inning.

Alayna LaPaille, Holy Cross' only senior, drew the first of three straight walks. Miller doubled for her second hit of the inning. Hale added her second hit of the inning, another double, to bring home the 11th run of the inning and a comfortable Cougar cushion.

It was lights out for the Vikings after that. Ray fanned two Valley hitters looking. She recorded her fifth strikeout to end the second inning.

Junior Katelyn Heines opened the bottom of the second inning for the Cougars with a walk. Bayley Brutscher doubled as the Cougars added four runs in the second.

The lead was 15-0, and with the mercy rule in effect, the Vikings were down to their last three outs. And those outs came in a hurry.

Ray retired the sides with strike outs, finishing with a perfect game. She struck out eight of the nine batters she faced, not really giving her fielders much work to do.

“It feels good to have a day like that,” Ray said. “I want my fielders to work and I know they’re behind me, but I worked hard today.”

Holy Cross coach Krystle Johnson was pleased to see the bats working, even if the game was brief.

“We haven’t been able to string hits together. This game hopefully helped us a little bit with that,” Johnson said. “I liked our eye on the ball, didn’t swing at bad pitches, maintained fundamentals, kept their composure, and took care of business.”

Caroline Hale added to the coach’s point.

“These games are fun, because you hit and then somebody else hits, and you can keep it going," said Hale.

Katelyn Heines added, “Our bats are starting up again, we were slumping a bit. We have been hitting in the cage to get through it.”

The Cougars (13-9) play Breckenridge County and Western tomorrow and Thursday and then host the Cougar Classic this weekend.


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