Girls open softball season with win at Houston

By: 
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball team opened the season with a 3-1 road victory at Houston. A dominant pitching performance and a three-run outburst in the fifth inning were the difference in the game.

There’s an old adage that “pitching is normally ahead of hitting” at this point in the season. Lily Hughes of the GMLOK softball team took that seriously. She struck out the first eight Houston batters she faced. Combine that with a three-run fifth-inning and it would turn out to be the difference in a 3-1 win for GMLOK (1-0, 1-0 SEC).

Hughes threw seven innings of one-hit softball to get the win, giving up a two-out double in the seventh inning before ending the game with a groundout by the next batter. She struck out 14 Houston batters, while walking six. The only run she allowed was unearned because of a GMLOK field error in the fifth inning, the only fielding mistake of the night.

The GMLOK offense plated all three runs in the fifth inning, thanks to RBIs from Hughes, Liz Jacobson and Kylie Musel. The big inning came about thanks to two doubles and two singles. Jacobson went two for four at the plate while Hughes and Musel were each one for four.

Senior shortstop Gretchen Hill of Houston had the only Hurricane hit of the night. Sophomore pitcher Richelle Botcher took the loss for the Hurricanes.

GMLOK scored three runs on nine hits while committing just the one error. The Bulldogs had even more chances to score but stranded eight runners on base. Houston scored one run on one hit while committing one error, all while stranding eight runners of their own.

Schedule

The GMLOK girls were already back in action with a game against Southland on Monday, April 8. They’ll host Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons the next night in Spring Valley. They hit the road for a conference game at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester on Friday, April 12. After a weekend away from the diamond, GMLOK is back on the road Monday, April 15, at Fillmore Central.