Manual Softball Blog (week three)

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A big week for DuPont Manual softball as we made our way to spring training at the ESPN World Wide Sports complex at Disney and played four varsity games, and saw four of Disney’s biggest amusement parks!

The weather was nothing short of perfect, unlike home in Louisville. We started the week on Monday with an 11-2 victory over Marian Catholic out of Chicago. Junior Ashlyn Zuberer led us in the circle for four innings. She allowed one run and two hits while also striking out one and walking none. The entire team continues to make contact at the plate! We racked up 12 hits with Meryck Hardley, Peyton Kyser, Taylor Cassin, and Gracie Pounders all having multiple hits.

Our next matchup was Tuesday with a 12-2 victory over Pittsford out of New York. We scored five runs in the fifth inning with Maddison Ellis, Jeanay Riley, and Peyton Kyser each having RBIs to get us ahead. Zuberer pitched six innings and had five strikeouts. The team totaled 15 hits with Ellis, Kyser, Riley, Ella Forish, Hardley, Cassin, and  Pounders all having multiple hits.

The next matchup was an 11-1 victory against St. Ignatius College Prep out of Chicago Wednesday morning. Sydney Skiles started out the first inning with a sac fly to score the first run. Three runs were scored during the third inning and was led by a series of RBIs from Forish, Anna Grace Avetisian, and Riley who was also in the circle and pitched five innings, struck out seven, and walked one.

Our last game of the week was a 7-1 victory over Webster Schroeder out of New York. Skiles opened up the game with a double and two RBIs in the first inning. We had a big second inning with four runs scored thanks to singles by Ellis, Riley, a triple by Avetisian, and an error on a ball put in play by Kyser. Zuberer pitched five innings, only allowing one run, striking out two, and walking zero. Pounders, played amazing defense and completed six outs to help us get the win.

Nothing more could have been asked from this awesome group of young women. They carried themselves and represented DuPont Manual athletics very well during the entire duration of our big trip to Disney’s spring training. We are looking forward to a big week of games and warmer weather at home!