Solon Springs girls win, boys lose at Butternut
The Solon Springs softball team improved to 1-1 Thursday with a 23-12 win at Butternut-Mercer. Nikki Orozco led the Eagles with four hits. The sophomore singled in the first, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and doubled in the seventh....
The Solon Springs softball team improved to 1-1 Thursday with a 23-12 win at Butternut-Mercer.
Nikki Orozco led the Eagles with four hits. The sophomore singled in the first, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and doubled in the seventh.
Orozco was one of three players to record hits in the top of the first inning, joined by Morgan Anderson and Desirae Doan. Defensively, the Eagles allowed just one hit and no runs in the first three innings.
In the fourth inning, Solon Springs scored eight runs to take a substantial lead.
“I told the girls going into the fourth that we have left way too many girls stranded on base. We need to sit on the ball and wait for our pitch,” said Brian Amys, Eagles head coach.
After their big inning, the Eagles took the opportunity to make a personnel change heading into the bottom of the fourth.
“I made some defensive changes and allowed some other girls to get experience on the field and on the mound,” Amys said. “That’s what we need right now is experience.”
Solon Springs ended the game with 20 hits.
In addition to Orozco’s four hits and four RBIs, Anderson had four hits and three RBIs.
Allison Androsky finished with two hits and three RBIs; Allison Bailey and Taylor Blaylock had two hits and two RBIs apiece, and Doan went 2-for-3. Holly Koivisto was 1-for-1 at the plate, while Ellie Burger, Kylli Rajala and Emily Pierce finished with one hit and one RBI apiece.
Rajala earned the pitching win, throwing the first three innings and then finishing the game in the seventh. She had 10 strikeouts with no walks.
“That’s a great outing for a freshman on the mound,” Amys said.
Bailey threw three innings and recorded five strikeouts and three walks for the Eagles.
“Allison is coming along well,” Amys said. “Her strike-to-ball ratio is right where we want it, and right now she needs experience, and she got just that last night.”
Defensively, Anderson is the Eagles’ only returning infielder playing the same position as last season.
“She’s only a sophomore, but I am counting on her to really take control out there and be a leader,” Amys said. “She needs to help these other girls around her understand situations in game-time action.”
Solon Springs fell to Butternut-Mercer 7-3 Thursday to fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Indianhead Conference.
“We gave up a six-run first inning for the second straight game,” said Nathan Ahlberg, Eagles head coach. “Tonight it was our defense that led to the big inning. There were three plays that we didn’t make in that first that gave them an extra 3-4 runs in the inning.”
Zach Rajala suffered the loss on the mound, giving up six hits in three innings while striking out three and walking four. Fellow senior Tommy Androsky finished out the game in relief.
“Tommy did a nice job in relief, giving up three hits, one walk and no runs over the final three innings,” Ahlberg said.
At the plate, Rajala had a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Androsky went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, and junior Dane Banks had a double and an RBI.
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