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Hebron wins slugfest, 19-12, over Starkville

August 6, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

PHEBA — Hebron Christian had its bats ready to hit the softball as six Lady Eagles recorded multiple-hit performances Monday night.
Holly Hudson and Mary Fielder led the Lady Eagle attack over Starkville Academy, 19-12, in a MAIS fast-pitch softball game Monday at Hebron Christian School in Pheba.
“I was optimistic all game, and I knew I could hit the ball better than recent games,” Hudson said. “The ball traveled well, and I saw the pitches well tonight. We are young, but I think we have good hitters on this team with experience.”
Hudson and Fielder collected three hits apiece and combined for eight RBIs. Hudson slapped through the infield a 3-RBI triple in the second inning and a 3-run, inside-the-park home run in the third. Fielder knocked a 2-RBI single in the second.
Rebekah Falkner, Brooke Griffin, Jana White and Abi Boutwell all knocked through two hits. Hebron outhit Starkville, 15-12.
“I think we improved from the beginning of the game,” Falkner said. “We had some fielding mistakes. But we made up for it at the plate. Cass has given us a lot of confidence to be successful hitters.”
Lady Eagle head coach Cass Tapley said he is not surprised by the team’s offensive output but wants players to clean up fielding errors.
“We can hit, and I know we can hit,” Tapley said. “We are a better team than what we have shown in these early games. The top of the lineup had great hits at the right times tonight.”
Starkville opened up a five-run lead with a four-hit first. RBI hits from Karlie Lockhart, Ashley Sharp and Hailey Nason gave Starkville its lead. Hebron quickly answered in the bottom half with four runs on five hits to trail the Lady Volunteers, 5-4. Starkville added four more runs in its second frame at bat.

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