HEUVELTON — Morristown Central first-year coach Hannah Thornhill was in the visitor’s dugout, but the former Heuvelton Central standout experienced some familiar feelings in the second inning of Wednesday’s NAC West softball game on the home ground of the Lady Bulldogs.
Coach Thornhill’s Green Rockets exploited defensive errors with six hits and scored seven runs to take a 7-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs responded immediately with five runs in the bottom of the second and cruised to a 15-9 win and went undefeated atop the division.
A duel for sole control of second place a game back went to Edwards-Knox who shaded Hammond 4-3. In an NAC East match, Brushton-Moira eclipsed Madrid-Waddington 7-6.
Heuvelton 15 – Morristown 9: Ali Trathen came on as relief and allowed just two runs in the last five innings.
“If you take away in the second set, we played a pretty clean game. We cannot give extra advantages to well-trained teams. We absolutely did and Morristown made us pay. We then challenged our team to be better from then on and they responded. Carley Simmons and Chasity Johnson hit the ball really well today. Our roster has had a lot of great batting and our base run continues to be outstanding,” HCS assistant coach Chris Showers said.
“Chasity Johnson didn’t have her best assets but that’s okay, she’s a player and will be ready to go tomorrow. Allison Trathen came in and threw effectively in relief. We have a quick turnaround as we go Morristown tomorrow, so we need to rest and be ready to go.
Carley Simmons punched a triple, two doubles and a single and Chasity Johnson smashed a home run and a triple with two RBIs to lead the winning offense. Rylin McAllister doubled and singled and Mikayla Ritchie, Lily Spooner, Trathen and Addison Havens all added singles.
Addie Graveline tripled for Morristown and Kylie O’Donnell and Emma Showers each stroked two singles. Kaitlyn Ladlee, Izzy Woodside, Ralee Downs and Jenn Snyder have all been single.
EK 4 – Hammond 3: The first game of a home and away set in two days saw Cadey Wheat prevail in a classy duel against Sydney Tanner of the Red Devils. Wheat hit nine and walked two in a five-hit and Tanner stoked four and walked one in an eight-hit.
Sophia Vachez homered two runs and a single for EK who broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning. Kayleigh Allen scored twice and Dekoda Matthews, Wheat and Macy White added singles.
Tanner batted twice for Hammond and Mikayla Jones, Hannah Belknap and Landree Kenyon all hit singles.
BM 7 – MW 6: Lacey Sullivan doubled a double, a triple and a single for MW, Hannah Manson had two singles and Aynsley French had a single. Kennedy Hebert pitched the win and a double and single for BM.