Multiple Teams · Lady Bears roll in opener with 18-8 win over Miss Valley

Despite the cold and ominous snow flurries, Monroe Central softball opened the 2016 season on top Monday with an 18-8 victory over Mississinawa Valley (OH) in a shortened 6-inning game.

There were several stars of the game as freshman Jordyn Barga and sophomore Samantha Roderick each collected four hits. Senior Abreana Gaddis collected three hits in the game, while Roderick scored 5 times and sophomore Cassi Buis drove in 5 runs.

Starting pitcher Faith Cope fanned 2 of the first 3 hitters she faced, then the home Golden Bears responded with 5 runs in their first at-bat. Cope walked then scored on a single by Gaddis. Jocelyn Peckham got a base hit followed by Roderick’s hit. Barga singled to load the bases and Buis cracked a 2-run single. Ashleigh Comer got hit followed by Laura Stoops’ single to load the bases again. Cope collected an RBI single to make it 5-0.

Monroe Central would go on to score in every inning, adding 6 in the fourth inning to take a 13-2 lead. Mississinawa Valley then scored 3 times to extend the game beyond the 5th inning and added 3 more in the top of the 6th to make it a 14-8 ball game.

In the bottom of the 6th, Adrianna Hardy led off with a single followed by Lexi Paine’s first hit in her first at-bat of the season. Peckham reached on a base hit, followed by Roderick’s fourth hit of the contest.  Barga slappied a base hit to right field to make it a 17-8 game, then Buis ended the game hitting one up the middle that was too hot to handle and Roderick scored to make it a 10-run rule contest.

Offensive highlights included Cope going 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 4 RBI’s; Barga driving in 3 runs; Roderick going 4-for-5 with a double; Gaddis 3-for-4 with a double; and Buis was 2-for-5 with 2 runs and 5 RBI’s. Five players had 2 RBI’s or more and MC was 23-for-42 to open the year with a .550 team batting average.
In the circle, Cope started and went 2 innings allowing 1 run and striking out 5. Barga picked up the win, throwing 2 innings allowing no hits, 1 earned run, and striking out one. Hardy threw the last 2 innings giving up 7 hits, 5 earned runs and striking out 3.
The Lady Bears will be back in action on the road Wednesday at Hagerstown and will return home next Monday as they host a sectional opponent in the Shenandoah Raiders.