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Tigresses win TRACS opener over Orion

Princeton’s Maddie Cain dances out of the way of an inside pitch in Tuesday’s F/S game at Dixon.
Princeton’s Maddie Cain dances out of the way of an inside pitch in Tuesday’s F/S game at Dixon.

ORION — Danielle Hughes and Elizabeth Hendrix gave the Orion Chargers the old 1-2 punch in the third inning of Monday’s Three Rivers South softball action

Hughes hit the first of her two RBI doubles and Hendrix added a bases-clearing single to spark a five-run Princeton rally to take a 5-3 lead. The Tigresses tacked on two more runs and pitcher Madison Menzel stopped a seventh-inning Orion rally at two to hold onto a 7-5 win.

The Tigresses collected 13 hits on the day. PHS coach Bob James said they did a good job adjusting to the Orion pitcher who was throwing pitches down and away off the plate.

“We made some adjustments off what the pitcher was doing. We put the ball in play and got 13 hits. So we’re positive about that,” James said. “She wasn’t overpowering, but she had good movement. We just moved to the front of the box and up to the plate as close as we could get to try to get the ball before it breaks. The kids did a good job with that.”

Hughes finished with three hits on the day, including her second RBI double to stake the Tigresses to a 7-3 lead in the top of the seventh.

Catcher Abby Jaques and Menzel each added two hits.

“We’ve been hitting the ball. We just haven’t been playing good defense,” James said. “We had our spots today where we didn’t play our best defense, but we did get better and made some key plays. So, that’s a plus.”

Bradlee Fair and Angie Minus each had three hits for Orion.

• On Tuesday at Dixon, the Tigresses struck first with an RBI hit by Jaques to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The rest of the game belonged to Erin Smith and the Duchesses.

Smith struck out 11 in a complete-game victory, and also added a single, triple and three RBIs to lead the Duchesses to victory. She held PHS to six hits.

The Tigresses committed four errors in the field. Menzel took the loss, pitching all six innings.

Tiger tales: The Princeton F/S fell 13-8 at Dixon. Lexi Camp and Sarah Ray had RBI hits. The F/S played three innings at Orion Monday before the game was called on the account of darkness. PHS scored three runs in the top of the first, including back-to-back RBI double by catcher Rachel Jensen and a RBI triple by pitcher Brooke Hieronymus.

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