After getting the off to a wobbly start this spring, the Chadron State College softball team took out its frustrations on the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls while opening its home schedule last weekend.
The Eagles outhit the Cowgirls 33 to 10 and outscored them 35 to 4 while winning all three games. The scores were 10-2, 18-0 and 7-2. CSC’s nine-game losing skid is long gone. The Eagles are 5-12 for the season.
Not everything was easy for hosts. Perhaps the most difficult task was making the field playable. Coach Kaley Scearcy said her players shoveled snow, raked and massaged the field and spread compounds to absorb extra moisture.
Only three of the scheduled four games were played, despite lots of help from the college’s maintenance staff, several football players and athletic trainer Don Watt.
Once the umpires signaled “play ball,” the Eagles were ready.
The hosts scored six times in the second inning and four times in the fourth in the Friday game. They collected 11 hits, including two apiece by Kayla Michel, Ellie Owens and Leilani Niccum. Michel, Owens and Julia Elbert each homered and starting pitcher Jessica Jarecki scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked none.
Highlands’ only runs came on Brooklynn DeLozier’s homer in the top of the fourth.
Sunday’s first game may have been the most lopsided in Chadron State’s softball annals. The Eagles scored in all four innings they batted, finishing with 14 hits to go with their 18 runs.
Angelica Maples, Alyssa Geist, Aspen Eubanks, Allie Mason and Niccum all homered. Eubanks drove in four runs, Maples and Giest three apiece and Mason and Niccum two.
Jarecki fanned seven, walked one and gave up only one hit while throwing the shutout.
Niccum hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Michel added a solo shot in the third to help power the 7-2 victory in the second game Saturday. Sophomore Megan Horn did the pitching and struck out 13 Cowgirls while yielding one walk and four hits. Both of Highlands’ runs were unearned.
The Eagles will play at home again this Saturday and Sunday, tangling with Regis. The Rangers are 12-8 after winning just one of their first eight games, winning eight in a row before losing a game to Colorado Mines, but winning the next three from the Orediggers last weekend.