Amber Fox set the tone with a home run in the bottom of the first inning and delivered one of her best performances on the mound, helping Youngsville to a 5-0 victory over Girard Friday at Youngsville High School.
Fox's homer proved to be enough offense, but her Youngsville teammates also got in on the act, belting out 10 hits and adding an additional four runs.
Youngsville coach Mark Nyquist was pleased with his team's offensive performance, but said it was the defensive play that really stood out as his team improved to 6-6 on the season.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Youngsville’s Cierra Ohl crushes a single to right field during the Lady Eagles’ 5-0 victory over Girard Friday at Youngsville High School.
"Our outfielders really came through today," he said. "There was some tricky wind and they made some really nice catches. I was also really impressed with catcher Colleen Rex. She kept everything in front of her and caught a wonderful game pitched by Amber." The game was Youngsville's final tuneup before a showdown with county rival Eisenhower Monday at Eisenhower High School.
Fox's solo shot in the bottom of the first gave the Eagles the lead for good, but it was a two-spot in the bottom of the second that gave Youngsville the breathing room it was looking for. Elise Dunn and Judi Lewis started the inning with singles and both scored on a key two-out, two-run single by rightfielder Julia Sveda.
The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Fox tripled and scored on a passed ball and the team's final run was plated in the sixth after pinch runner Julie Jameson scored when a throw home for a force out pulled the Girard catcher's foot off the plate.
Fox allowed only two Girard hits and struck out seven while walking just one. She has walked just two batters in her last 21 innings of work. Offensively, Fox, Dunn and Sveda all had two hits. Sveda had a team-high two RBI and Fox and Kennedy Cratty added one each.
GIRARD (0): ab-r-h-rbi: Hatton, ss, 3-0-1-0, Ghastin, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Fails, p, 3-0-0-0, Poland, cf, 3-0-1-0, Wurst, lf, 3-0-0-0, Allen, rf, 2-0-0-0, Metzler, rf, 1-0-0-0, Cooper, 3b, 3-0-0-0, McDonald, c, 3-0-0-0, Bonnett, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 25-0-2-0
YOUNGSVILLE (5): ab-r-h-rbi: Rex, c, 4-0-1-0, Ke. Cratty, ss, 4-0-0-1, Fox, p, 4-2-2-1, S. Anderson, 3b, 4-0-1-0, Dunn, 1b, 3-0-2-0, Lewis, cf, 3-0-1-0, Ohl, dp, 3-0-1-0, Ju. Jameson, pr, 0-1-0-0, Je. Jameson, cf, 2-0-0-0, Sveda, rf, 3-0-2-2, K. Anderson, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 30-5-10-4
Girard 000 000 0 - 0 2 2
Youngsville 120 011 x - 5 10 4
3b-Fox (Y). HR-Fox (Y). WP-Fox. LP-Fails.