Friday, Sep. 28, 2012
Chicks hit past Harrisonville
By Stephanie Yeagle
The Chicks once again overwhelmed Missouri River Valley West Conference rivals Harrisonville on the softball diamond Sept. 20 at Pleasant Hill.
In their second meeting of the season, Pleasant Hill rolled past the Lady Wildcats 16-1 in four innings.
Junior third baseman Paige Shifflett, who had one walk, three doubles and six RBIs in the game, says its all about concentrating on the basics.
“We have been practicing really hard and working on all the stuff we need to work on and get it all done,” she said. “We work on defense and just the basics. We go over hitting and make sure we have the right mechanics to make it through.”
Getting the basics down right seems to be working for the Chicks as they led 3-0 at the end of the first inning, with a double from junior catcher Emily McKee that sent home Shifflett and sophomore Alex Burris and a single from sophomore pitcher Courtney Fountain that sent home senior Erika King.
Pleasant Hill scored four more runs in the bottom of the second inning, as Shifflett’s first double sent senior Samantha Bornaman and Burris home. McKee was tagged out trying to get a triple out of her hit, but not before sophomore Madison Stockstill and Shifflett made it home to make the score 7-0.
The big inning for the Chicks however was the third inning, as they took a 14-0 lead.
“We were not mentally ready to play that night,” Harrisonville head coach Dave Hix said. “That and the fact that Pleasant Hill hits the ball well and put us in an early hole that we could not get out of. They are a good team and we will probably have to face them again in districts. Hopefully we can get things straightened out before then.”
Harrisonville finally put a run on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Kaley Harkrader hit a fly ball that was caught in centerfield to start out the inning, but Summer Livingston followed with a double. Leeann Farren was put in as a courtesy runner. Reagan Osborn hit a double next, that was followed by a single from Camron Ferguson to send Farren home.
But Fountain recovered then, striking out Jocelyn Winter and Bailee Sandy to end the inning.
Pleasant Hill sealed the victory as sophomore Olivia Hessling smashed a triple that was followed by a double from junior Mackenzie Snyder to send Hessling home to make the score 15-1. Burris struck out and Stockstill’s fly ball was caught, but Shifflett hit another double to send Snyder home, earning the Chicks a 16-1 victory by the mercy run rule.
“I feel good,” Shifflett said of her performance. “There is still some stuff I need to work on, but I feel good about it.”
With the win, Pleasant Hill improves its record to 13-8, while Harrisonville falls to 8-8.