Hicks goes deep twice as Lady Knights trample Paulding
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:06 AM
By Nick Johnson
A Crestview runner beats the throw to the plate, scoring safely during the Lady Knights’ 18-2 win over visiting Paulding on Tuesday evening. Crestview flexed its offensive muscles in the win, pounding out 16 hits including two home runs. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY — Kirstin Hicks homered twice and added a pair of singles as part of a 16-hit attack, as Crestview pounded Paulding on the softball diamond on Tuesday. The Lady Knights move to 7-5 on the season with an 18-2 rout of the Lady Panthers.
It didn’t take long for the Knights get going, as Hicks hit the first of her two blasts in the opening inning, giving Crestview the early 1-0 edge.
After Paulding tied the score in the second, the Lady Knights took charge in the home half.
Crestview used four doubles (Hicks, Mackenzie Riggenbach, Brady Guest and Brooke Bowen) in the inning and batted around in piling up eight runs.
The bottom of the third saw more of the same from the Lady Knights. Bowen picked up an RBI double and Hicks again went yard, this one a two-run shot. Guest also had an RBI double in the frame and, after she came around to score on a Tianna Rager RBI base knock, Crestview had a 15-1 lead.
“Well it was game that the wind was blowing a lot and very fast. We put the ball up in the air tonight and, I’m not sure, but I think they would have left on a normal night. I was pleased with the way we were able to but the ball in play and we got some of them in the gaps. I thought our approach to hititing is coming around to where it needs to be come tournament time,” said Crestview coach Carl Etzler.
Crestview got hits from Lauren Schmid and Mallory Bowen to start the bottom of the fourth frame. After an RBI ground by Guest and a RBI single from Cora Millay the Lady Knights had put up 18 runs in the game.
The top of the fifth inning featured three straight hits from the Lady Panthers as Morgan Riley, Abby Pease and Jerika Bland all singled, accounting for the second Paulding run.
The Knights got a good pitching performance from Courtney Grote who went five inngs, allowing two runs and six hits while punching out six Lady Panthers.
“Our defense is coming. As you get into the tournment and face tougher teams its going to be 2-1, 3-1 games and the defense is really what is going to make you or break you,” Etzler noted. “We are starting to turn the corner, and the girls are working on it when we are going our pregame warmups. I’m pleased with how we preformed on both sides of the ball.”