CANTON–The Canton-Galva High softball team finally found the winning column, and they did so in explosive fashion by sweeping Bennington 17-7 and 18-8 at home on Tuesday. The two victories give the Lady Eagles a 2-3-1 mark on the season.
That is a total of 35 runs on 48 hits in just two games for the Lady Eagles as they found their bats in a huge way. Among the four dozen hits were seven doubles, three triples and three home runs, while Canton-Galva also kept the Bennington pitchers on edge by stealing 33 bases.
In game one, the Lady Eagles pushed across five runs in the first, only to see Bennington come back with seven in the top of the second. But that was it, as Canton-Galva replied with seven of their own in the bottom of the second before adding five more runs over three innings to gain the 17-7 win.
Every Lady Eagle that went to the plate had at least two of the team 24 hits in the first game, with Logan Dawes and Ashton Brewer each getting four. Alexa Burch knocked out three hits including a home run while getting four runs batted in. Taylor Everett may have had the best all-around offensive game with thee hits, three runs, two runs batted in, a pair of doubles and four of the teams 21 stolen bases.
Also hitting doubles were Brewer, Dawes, and Alex Koehn, while Jayci Mastre hit for a triple. Everett and Brewer took care of the mound duties for the Lady Eagles, giving up just four hits for the game.
Once again Canton-Galva jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, while Bennington scored four of their eight runs in the top of the second. After the Lady Eagles pushed across four more runs in the second and third innings, they put the game out of reach by pouring across nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to earn the 18-8 victory.
The offensive stats of game two were equally impressive as the first game as the Lady Eagles pounded out another 24 hits, stealing 12 more bases and getting a pair of doubles, triples and home runs.
Brewer continued to have a banner day by going five-for-five in game two, giving her nine hits in two games, this time adding four runs scored, two runs batted in two stolen bases and a home run. Alex Koehn knocked out four hits, while Mastre, Taryn Nordstrom, and Carissa Klatt each had three. Among Mastre’s three hits was a double to go with three each of runs, runs batted in and stolen bases.
Brewer and Klatt combined forces on the mound and gave up eight hits while striking out four.
The Lady Eagles will look to continue bringing hot bats to the plate on Tuesday, April 17 when they return to the diamond on the road in Moundridge High School.