Cambridge prove too much for young Barnesville squad in 22-0 rout
Surging Cambridge High had its offense cranked into high gear on Tuesday (April 6) with a lopsided 22-0 five-inning victory over visiting Barnesville High in varsity softball action at Cambridge City Park.
Picking up their third straight win, the Lady Bobcats banged out a total of 19 hits to improve their season mark to 4-2.
"Our bats are starting to come around a bit now, we just need to put it all together with the offense, defense and pitching all working together," CHS head coach Bob Shepard offered. "I will take 19 hits anytime, makes my job a lot easier for sure."
"Our pitching is also doing a nice job right now and hopefully that continues, Morgan (Bradison) pitched a good game tonight," Shepard added. "We are just looking to improve every game and that's all we can ask. Right now we are heading in the right direction."
Cambridge wasted little time in grabbing control by putting up six runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning off Barnesville starterJasmine Caldwell for a quick 6-0 lead.
Presley Dodd delivered the big hit of the inning with a single that plated a trio of runs across the plate. Abby Mann and Paris Winston each added RBI base hits for the Lady Cats.
CHS would add on with a pair of runs in the second, nine more in the third and finally five runs in their final at-bat in the bottom of the fourth.
For a young Barnesville squad, the tough lessons continue according to head coach Kelly Hanlon as the Lady 'Rocks slipped to 1-8 on the season.
"We struggled pitching tonight, so it was kind of like batting practice for Cambridge,' Hanlon offered. "Along with that we have just not been hitting either, so that's a tough combination to overcome."
"We are just going through a rebuilding year, we lost a lot of seniors last year," Hanlon continued. "These are young kids who are learning on the fly, just trying to teach them the game. It's going to get better, it's a hard working group of kids who are putting in the effort."
Hitting standouts were plentiful for Cambridge in the game, led by Madisyn Mickey with a perfect 4-for-4 performance with a double, three singles while Winston finished at 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBIs.
Paige Mathews singled twice with a pair of RBIs, while Neveah Smith belted an inside the park home run, a single with two RBIs. Ava Byerly ripped a pair of base hits with an RBI, with Mann collecting two singles with four RBIs.
Benefiting from the offensive onslaught was CHS starter Morgan Bradison, who tossed a five-inning three-hit shutout with three Ks and no free passes to earn the win. Caldwell took the pitching loss for the Lady 'Rocks with a three inning outing.
Olivia Starr, Tessa Johnston and Caldwell collected singles for Barnesville.