The Miners started their softball morning off with a bang, scoring 14 runs in the first inning against Rockford. They eventually went on to score 14 more runs before they short gamed them after 5 strong innings with a final of 28-0.
Sophomore Alexis Burns pitched the entire first game and ended with a perfect game with 6 strikeouts and no hits or walks.
The Miners combined for 10 hits, 4 coming in the first inning where they batted their lineup twice. Abbie Cline was perfect at the plate, going 2 for 2 with a single and a double. Payton Anderson and Allison Goldasich both contributed 2 hits each while Denae Richardson, Jessika Besserman, Molly Gray, and Kaily Frensko added 1 hit.
Gillespie matched up with Edwardsville Metro East Lutheran for the second game of the day. Gillespie came out on top in the first inning scoring a single run. The lead was sufficient until the fourth inning where a homerun by Metro tied up the game. Gillespie went on to add another run in the 6th while Metro East added 6 runs in the late innings, giving us a final of 7-2.
Junior Laura Halpin, Gillespie’s ace, got her first start of the season. She pitched almost perfect through 4, but the defense struggled in the
second half of the game tallying with 4 errors. Halpin ended the game with 6 strikeouts, 7 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 unearned runs, and 3 walks.
Even though the Miners had Metro East through 4 and a half innings, one run was not enough to get a second win on the day. Laura Halpin led the team at the plate in the second game going 2 for 3 with two singles. Abbie Cline also contributed 2 hits, one being a double. Payton Anderson also tallied a double while Loni Nicole Manalia and Taylor Monke both added a single hit.
Even though the Miners went 1-1 on the day and had 4 errors, both pitchers had strong performances on the mound. Considering the Miners have been limited to only a handful of outdoor practices, this season should be exciting. With a strong returning core and a new group of young talent, losses should be few and far between for the Miners this year.
Next Monday at 4:15, the Miners match up with Edwardsville High School at Welfare Park in Gillespie.