KENDALLVILLE — East Noble defeated Garrett 11-1 in five innings in the opening game for both high school softball teams last Tuesday.
The Knights had a two-run homer from senior shortstop Grace Erwin to start the scoring. Classmate Halle Beiswanger opened the second inning with a solo shot, and EN went on to score five times in that frame.
East Noble scored two runs each in the third and fifth innings. A single from Beiswanger drove in the final Knight run and put the run rule into effect.
EN coach Jessica Hull was pleased with how her team played in the first action on its home field all season. Improvements were made to East Noble’s softball field in the offseason, including a brick backstop that wraps around from dugout to dugout. But there has been enough precipitation during the preseason, rain or snow, where the field has been too muddy to practice on.
“It was a really good effort,” Hull said. “We came out on fire and started off strong. We turned it around from last year (against Garrett), so that’s really positive.”
Erwin, Beiswanger and Rylee Cripe had three hits apiece for the Knights. Cripe also scored three runs. Erwin and Beiswanger each drove in three runs.
Sophomore Carly Turner, a newcomer to the EN softball team, hit a ball off the wall in her first at-bat of the season.
Junior Dani Jaquay pitched a complete game win for the Knights, allowing for hits and striking out 12. She also drove in three runs offensively.
Ryanne Arambula doubled home Makenzie Casselman for the Railroaders’ lone run in the fourth inning.
“We have a long way to go,” Garrett coach Jason Richards said.
Bellmont 9, Garrett 0
Bellmont didn’t have its ace in the circle, but Garrett still struggled at the plate in its 9-0 loss on Friday.
Indiana University recruit Macy Montgomery only pitched one inning for the Squaws and had three strikeouts. The junior came in to close out what was a solid performance from teammate Emilee Scheumann, who went six innings, struck out four and allowed only four hits from the Railroaders.
Montgomery pitched a perfect game against Bluffton on Wednesday.
Garrett scattered four singles over seven innings, two from Marissalee Johnson and one each from Brooklyn Runion and Camden Bodey. But none of them advanced past first base.
Runion started in the circle for Garrett (0-2) and limited the damage by the Squaws (2-0) through the first four innings. But it was the last three innings where the lead grew to be too much.
After a scoreless first from Runion that included a pair of strikeouts, Bellmont’s Sarah Enterline hit a double out to right field in the second inning. She scored two batters later off a single to left from Lauren Bleke.
Runion threw a clean, nine-pitch third, then the Squaws played some small ball to notch one more run on the board. After a leadoff single by Tori Miller, she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Enterline and then stole third. Bleke scored her second RBI of the game with another single to left to bring home Miller, doubling the lead to 2-0.
In the fourth, Bellmont started to hit the ball harder off Runion, finding the fence a few times. The first three Squaw hitters reached base safely. Montgomery was tagged out at third after she drilled a ball off the top of the fence in center. She was caught trying to stretch a double into a triple. Olivia Hess scored on the play.
Bellmont added two more in the fifth off a throwing error by Garrett, then a passed ball scored the first run. Another double by Montgomery drove home Paige Busick.
Three more runs were tacked on in the seventh after two more errors by the Railroaders.
Runion pitched seven innings, giving up nine runs (six earned) off 15 hits with four strikeouts.