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Tigresses bring out the hit parade

CHILLICOTHE — It never did rain hard, but it sure did pour on the IVC softball diamond Thursday.

Princeton rained on the Lady Ghosts parade, cracking 14 hits in a 10-3 win. The Tigresses pushed six runs across in the top of the second inning to take a 6-2 lead, and freshman pitcher Madison Menzel took care of the rest.

“It’s good to get back on the win-loss column,” PHS coach Bob James said. “I told the guys (coaches) everything seems like it’s coming hard, like pulling teeth right now. Any little bit of momentum we can get is huge. The kids had discipline at the plate. They saw the ball and timed it well, and they did drive the ball well, too.”

The win evened the Tigresses at 1-1 in NCIC play and raised their overall record to 3-4.

Leadoff hitter Heidi James (double), Kat Pranka (double, three RBIs) and Mollie Bates (RBI) led the Tigresses’ hit parade with three hits each. Danielle Hughes added two hits and a RBI.

“Heidi’s getting hits and Danielle moves her around a little bit, and when we get to the 3-4-5 in our order, the kids have potential to drive in some runs. As long as we can keep doing that, that’s a plus,” Coach James said. “The girls in the bottom are coming up and doing their job. Everybody’s putting the ball in play today, and that’s what we want to see.”

Jaques’ two-run double was the big blow for the Tigresses in the pivotal sixth inning. Makenzey Wilson’s one-hop smash for a fielder’s choice scored one run and Mollie Bates’ RBI single plated another.

Sydney Hall stroked a RBI single in the fourth as the Tigresses stretched their lead to 8-3.

Pranka’s two-run double to the base of the left field fence made it 10-3.

Menzel pitched the complete game, striking out 13 batters while allowing seven hits, three walks and three earned runs. She was backed by an error-free Tigress defense, including freshman right fielder Alisa Holmbeck, who made a long run for a catch in the gap to snuff an IVC rally.

Tiger tales: The Tigresses will get in three games Saturday in the Fulton tournament, facing the host Steamers at 9 a.m., Savanna West Carroll at 1:30 p.m. and then No. 5-ranked Sherrard at 3 p.m. ... The Princeton F/S scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning and held on for a 20-19 win in eight innings. Starting pitcher Maddy Cain returned to the circle in the eighth inning to earn the save.

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