PRINCETON — Hall and Princeton battled for two scoreless innings in TRAC East Softball play Monday at Little Siberia Field. Then the Lady Devils broke out in a big way, scoring three runs in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Senior ace pitcher Rena Barroso took care of the rest, scattering seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts as Hall made off with a 11-1 victory in six innings.
Hall coach Brian Holman said it was nice to get the offense going.
“The bats are starting to come around, and the pitching and defense continue to be solid for us,” he said.
Hunter Galassi got things rolling for Hall in the top of the third with a lead-off hit out of the No. 9 hole. Barroso stroked an opposite-field triple down the left-field line to score Galassi to get Hall on the board.
Sara Perkins followed with an RBI double, and Hall got a third run on a dropped soft liner to short.
The Tigresses loaded the bases against Barroso in the bottom of the third but could only plate one run. Becky Hughes led off with a single, and Katie Bauer and Kate Vigars singled with one out. After Courtney Oeder popped out to Barroso; PHS pitcher Adrienne Snethen ripped a two-out hit to score Hughes to make it 3-1.
Barroso fanned Lexee Camp to end the threat, and the Tigresses never threatened again.
“We were starting to get some hits, but we are struggling to score girls when they are in scoring position. If we can score some runs, we could have been in a lot more games,” PHS coach Alyssa Rose said. “The girls are still continuing to work and improve.”
Hall (4-7, 3-3) broke the game open with five runs on six hits in the fourth. Gabby Englehaupt, Galassi and Barroso had three straight hits to start the rally. Hanah Hart, Brooke Bianchi and Kaitlyn Huston all hit safely as the Lady Devils took an 8-1 lead.
Galassi and Barroso traded places with doubles in the fifth, and Barroso scored on a RBI hit by Hanah Hart to make it 10-1.
Hits by Barroso and Hanah Hart around a PHS error put the 10-run rule into play in the top of the sixth.
The Lady Devils cracked 17 hits in all, led by Barroso with three hits, including two triples with three RBIs and three runs scored. Galassi added three hits and three runs scored, and Perkins had two hits and two RBIs, both doubling.
• Notes: The TRAC East and county rivals will square off again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Spring Valley.
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