Hosting the Central Methodist University JV team Thursday, the East Central College softball Falcons had two vastly different contests.
But both ended the same way with East Central victories.
The Falcons (6-0) won the opener, 22-9, and took the second game, 2-0.
East Central makes up its doubleheader at St. Charles Community College Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Falcons are back home to host the Culver-Stockton JV team Monday at 2 p.m. Southwestern Illinois College visits Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The Falcons visit the Missouri Valley JV team Friday, March 16, at 2 p.m.
The Falcons opened scoring in the first game with seven runs in the bottom of the first.
Central Methodist got three back in the top of the second, but the Falcons batted for some time in their half of the frame, scoring 15 more runs.
“We came out hitting like gangbusters and knocked their starter out in the second inning,” East Central Head Coach Brad Wallach said. “Then, their reliever came in and had control problems.”
Up 22-3, the Falcons were held scoreless for the remaining innings while Central Methodist added one run in the fourth and five in the fifth. The game ended after the top of the fifth on the run rule.
“We gave up some runs in the last inning, which made the score seem a little closer than it actually was,” Wallach said.
East Central managed 14 hits, nine walks and two hit by pitches offensively. Only one of the hits was for extra bases. That was a double by sophomore Samantha White (Jefferson, Festus). She was one of six players to finish with two hits.
White also walked twice, scored twice and drove in four runs.
Sophomore Alayna Abney (Owensville) had two singles, was hit by a pitch, scored twice and drove in three.
Freshman Meg Barger (Kennedy) had two hits, two runs and four RBIs.
Freshman Marissa Boyd (Union) had two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Freshman Kori Fiedler (Union) posted two hits, a walk, a stolen base, three runs and three RBIs.
Sophomore Megan Micke (Washington) recorded two hits, a walk, a run and two RBIs.
Sophomore Jensen Crenshaw (Canton) had one hit, three walks, a stolen base, three runs and an RBI.
Freshman Taylor Ruth (Owensville) had one hit, two walks, three runs and an RBI.
Freshman Seeley Friend (Newburg) was hit by a pitch, scored three times and drove in a run.
Ashley Miller (South Callaway) started and pitched 4.1 innings for the win. She allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out one.
Shelby Carr (Salem) pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk. She struck out two.
In the second game, both teams seemed to be spent after so much offense in the opener. East Central managed single runs in the first two innings and that was it.
“This game was the antithesis of the first,” Wallach said. “We scored in the first and second innings and that was it. Both pitchers did a good job. I thought Abby Ray did a great job to get a shutout, considering that the strike zone wasn’t easy to figure out.”
Central Methodist managed four hits to East Central’s three, but that was enough for Ray (St. James) who tossed her first shutout of the season.
Ray, a sophomore, allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five.
Boyd had the lone extra-base hit for the Falcons, a double. She also stole a base and drove in a run.
The other hits came from Fiedler and Friend. Fiedler also walked and stole a base.
Crenshaw and Amber Struemph (St. Elizabeth) scored the runs. Boyd had the lone RBI.
Crenshaw and Struemph also walked. Crenshaw added a stolen base.