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Menzel fans 14 to shut out Lady Devils

SPRING VALLEY – Princeton pitcher Madison Menzel got plenty of support from the offense in her 14-strikeout performance against the Hall Lady Red Devil softballers Friday afternoon.

Heidi James supplied three hits and two runs, Makenzey Wilson had two hits, including a RBI double and Danielle Hughes and Mollie Bates (RBI) added two hits as the Tigresses rolled.

The 7-0 victory left Princeton 2-2 on the season and Hall 2-4.

“We played much better. Madison pitched real well. We’ve been a little short-handed with some kids going on spring break. So, we had an opportunity for a lot of young kids to come up and play.” PHS coach Bob James said.

Regarding Menzel’s performance James said, “One thing, (Menzel) mixed up the pitches well. And she’s getting confidence in her change-up. And I think if her change-up is good that makes everything that much better.”

Hall coach Pete Kasperski said the Lady Devils were hurt by some missed scoring opportunities.

“I think what hurt us in the first inning was having runners on first and second and even the bases loaded with one out and we couldn’t push a run across,” he said. “(Princeton) just chipped away the whole game. They took advantage of their hits. And, they had some timely hits.

“It’s like a repeat, but we’re fairly young and it’s the first game back for the girls that were in France. But, you know, it’s a work in progress. We’re trying. I think Stephanie did a good job. You’ve got to give Princeton credit. I mean, they put the ball in play and that was the difference in the game. I think after the third inning we kind of sat on our bats.”

Hall had six players that went to France over Spring Break, Kasperski said.

Princeton opened the game with a two-run first inning on RBI hits by Makenzey Wilson (double) and Farrell, allowing Menzel some room to work with.

After getting in trouble early in the bottom of the first, Menzel was able to strike two batters out and leave the inning unscathed as Hall stranded two baserunners.

After two and a third innings the Tigresses were up 4-0 and Hall’s scoring woes continued. When Hall pitcher Stephanie Stocking came to bat there were two runners in scoring position and two outs. Stocking struck out.

In the fifth, Princeton added a run and topped off the effort with two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to round out the performance.

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