It did not take long for the Macks Creek offense to get going Tuesday night.
The Pirates racked up 13 hits and the end result was a 19-2 win in three innings over visiting Versailles.
“We came out swinging,” Macks Creek coach Jason Trusty said. “We played a 9-inning game with Crocker last night that fell apart towards the end. We had some opportunities to score and we didn’t, but we got back on the horse again tonight.”
Versailles struck first with two runs in the first inning, but Macks Creek came charging back with eight runs of their own in the bottom of the first and added 11 more runs in the second.
“I know he has a young group over there and he has some decent girls that are coming through,” Trusty said of Versailles coach Russ Foster’s club. “They put the ball in play and made us play defense in the first inning.”
Macks Creek’s Jesse Willis was perfect on the night as she led the Pirates with three hits in her three trips to the plate. Caytlin Eidson and Lexi Mayer added two hits of their own and Shelby Willis, Myra Cortez, Madeline Phillips, Hannah Roofener, Kali Eidson and Lensy Spencer all joined the hit parade with a hit each respectively.
Caytlin, who quickly put some runs on the board with a team-leading three RBIs said it was just nice for the team to bounce back after Monday’s extra-innings loss.
“It was pretty great,” she said. “Last night it was not that great and now we came up tonight and fixed what we messed up... We just have to keep our heads straight through the game and stay at it.”
Trusty also pointed out that another big key was how well his club adjusted at the plate to the arm speeds of the different pitchers they faced.
“We went from a pitcher who does not throw as hard, to a pitcher that throws a little harder and another one that came in and threw slower than the first,” the skipper noted. “Some of the girls really stayed back and drove the ball in terms of being patient, letting the ball travel deep and getting the hands through.
“I really appreciate the way they have come in and worked and we are deep. I’ve got girls that can hit up and down and girls on the bench that are dying for a chance so it is a good situation to have,” he added.
Meanwhile, Macks Creek hurler Shaylee Skinner improved her record to 3-1 on the mound after allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out and walking two batters. After working three innings in Monday night’s game against Crocker, Trusty was glad to see her come right back out and be effective.
“Tonight she came out and struggled a little bit with the strike zone, but when she found it, it was there. Our biggest thing is just telling our pitchers that you do not have to do it all and that was one thing last year as freshmen they learned,” the coach stated. “This year we are a lot more solid defensively. I’ve enjoyed watching Shaylee develop and I’ve enjoyed watching her counterpart Bethany (Schmidt) develop as well so we are making strides and going the right way.”
Versailles’ Anna Knoerle led the Tiger bats with two hits while Lauren Garrison, Kylie Shumate, Bethany Howard and Ellie Dunnaway collected a hit of their own. Howard and Dunnaway brought in the team’s two runs in the first, but the Tigers could not find a way to keep the runs coming. On the mound, the trio of Brooklyn James, Maddie Patten and Garrison combined to strike out three batters while walking six.
“We have 14 players and 10 of them are underclassmen so we are really young, but we just got off to a slow start today,” Foster said. “We scored two runs in the first and they had three batters and scored two runs so it was downhill from there. We muffed the ball a lot defensively, made base running errors and it just cost us all the way around.”
Going forward, the coach just wants to see improvement in all aspects of the game.
“We just have to solidify all the way around,” Foster stated. “When the bases are 60 feet long and you only score two runs, it is tough. It is a scoring game unless you have dominating pitching. So, we just have to hit better, run the bases better and play better defense. That is what it amounts to.
“We play a tough schedule in the Tri-County Conference so we have work to do,” he added.
For Macks Creek, it is just the next game up where the next game the team is scheduled to play becomes the most important one at that time.
“We took last night and we know that it is going to make us better because we play good competition,” Trusty said. “We came out tonight, took what we learned, applied it and it helped us again... I’m proud of what my girls did and I’m happy to see that we are having some early season success, even with some of the ups and downs that come with playing.”
Macks Creek (3-2) will host Springfield Central Thursday night at 5 p.m. Versailles (0-6) will host School of the Osage in Tri-County Conference action Thursday night at the same time.