The 2012 high school softball season has started for the Brookfield Lady Dogs with a home opener last night against Clarence Cannon Conference opponent South Shelby. The varsity Lady Dogs started things off on the right foot with a shutout win to the delight of the home crowd.
In the JV game, the Lady Dogs lost 4-1 in five innings. Kassarah Smith reached on an error, Sydney Thompson went 2-2 with a walk, Ashley Wheeler went 1-3, Lauren Roberts was hit by a pitch, and Morgan Ewing was hit by a pitch.
Taylor Ewing pitched three innings, allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out seven. Morgan Ewing pitched two innings, allowed five hits, four earned runs, one walk, and struck out two.
In the varsity game, both teams went down quietly in the first inning, with the Kearns sisters of Ashley and Megan turning a double play. This left this early season contest scoreless after one.
“It felt good to be back out there,” said the elder Kearns (Ashley). “I was a little nervous, but fell back into the zone.”
South Shelby sent four to the plate in the top of the second, but did not score. Starting pitcher Sammi Overton started the home half of the second with a single to lead-off. Overton was replaced as a courtesy by Brittanie Magnuson. With two outs, Ashley Kearns walked, and Magnuson advanced to third on a wild pitch and a stolen base. Paige Clawson brought both home with a two-out, two-RBI double. Bailey Parks singled off of the slap, and Clawson advanced to third. Parks stole second, and Clawson took home on the throw. Parks advanced to third on a steal, and came home off of an RBI single from Alesa Frey. After two innings, Brookfield led 5-0.
Both teams went down in order in the third inning, leaving the Lady Dogs with a 5-0 lead.