The 10-12 softball league at Hoover and Millraney Field started off Monday night with two teams going in different directions as Southern Girls took on O’Reilly Auto Parts.
Southern Girls was up as much as eight in the game and ultimately won via the run-rule, 15-5, thanks to good control and timely hitting.
Ebonie Ross led the way at the plate for Southern Girls, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a double. Dallis Melton added a home run in the win and Abby Hodge and Keely Sweeton added a hit apiece.
Kora Forbes and Melton combined for a one-hitter on the mound for Southern Girls in the win and struck out a combined six batters.
Ryleigh Rankin had the only hit for O’Reilly Auto Parts in a 1-for-1 night.
O’Reilly had a couple of runners on base in the top of the first inning but didn’t see any of its runners cross the plate.
Ross came up in the bottom of the inning and smacked a 2-RBI double to the outfield to break the tie, 2-0, after one.
Forbes struck out the O’Reilly side in the top of the second and Southern Girls added to its lead in the bottom of the inning.
Ross was at it again in the bottom of the inning as she came up and launched a grand slam after Kara Debord hit an RBI single, stretching the Southern Girls lead to seven, 7-0. A run was later added in the inning on a walk and Southern Girls had a commanding lead heading into the final inning of play, 8-0.
O’Reilly scored five runs in the top of the third as all five of them scored thanks to walks by the Southern Girls, to make it a three-run game, 8-5.
The Southern Girls put the game away for good in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven runs thanks to timely hitting and ultimately winning via the run-rule, 15-5.