McLouth High softball team stays perfect on year
The dominance continues for the McLouth High softball team.
The Bulldogs defeated Riverside, 19-0 and 17-2, last week in Wathena before coming home and nabbing another sweep, 16-1 and 10-0, against Immaculata.
MHS won the first game in four innings thanks to two big innings.
The Bulldogs were up 3-0 heading into the third before putting eight runs on the board in the third and fourth inning on their way to the shutout victory.
Shannon Greene picked up the victory. She struck out eight and walked two on her way to pitching a two-hitter. She also went 3-for-4 from the plate.
Jennica Messer, meanwhile, went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and four runs as she continues her remarkable season at the plate.
Messer currently is 19-for-20 on the season.
Shannon Brown went 3-for-4 and Bailey Scott hit a homer in the victory against the Cyclones.
In the second game, the Bulldogs didn’t waste any time jumping on the home team.
MHS scored 12 runs in the first and never looked back. The squad won, 17-2, in three innings.
Angela Dailey was the winning pitcher. She gave up a two-run homer in the first, but settled down the rest of the way. She struck out five batters.
Messer finished the game 3-for-3, while Olivia Colter went 2-for-3 and Dailey 1-for-3 with a home run.
Greene also connected for a home run as she went 1-for-2 in the game.
MHS stomps Raiders
It was more of the same Thursday against Immaculata.
McLouth won Game 1, 16-1, in three innings.
The Bulldogs put up 13 runs in the first inning and finished off the Raiders in three innings. The team had 15 hits in the game.
Brooke Vicory struck out seven on her way to a victory.
Greene went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, as did Messer. Lucy McLeary finished the game 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.
In the second game, McLouth had just a 3-0 lead after four innings, but a seven-run fifth pushed the team to a run-rule 10-0 victory before the soggy weather got too miserable.
Greene nabbed another victory, striking out 10 as she threw another two-hitter.
Messer went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI, while Dailey went 2-for-3 and Shelby Turner finished 2-for-2 with 2 RBI.
“All starters had at least one hit,” MHS coach Ballard Patterson said.
McLouth’s commanding leads have allowed Patterson to get several of his players some experience.
“So far we’ve been able to get almost everybody in every game,” Patterson said. “All 17 suited out. “They’re being productive when they come off the bench and doing a great job when they get their opportunities.”
Patterson also spoke highly of his three pitchers and their efforts last week.
“We had strong starts from all three of our pitchers,” Patterson said. “I very excited the way Brooke Vicory pitched in her shutout win against Immaculata.
“She did a great job. She’s gonna be a good one. She’s just a freshman.”
MHS played Tuesday at Troy and will play Pleasant Ridge for a second doubleheader today in Easton.
The Bulldogs originally were to play Doniphan West, but the Mustangs had to drop softball this year, as not enough girls came out for the sport.
The Bulldogs now are 8-0 and have outscored opponents, 119-5, in that stretch.