By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor
Willard Head Softball Coach Fred Mock shook up his line-up for Friday night’s road contest in Bascom against Hopewell-Loudon.
From there, it was the ‘shaken’ who did most of the stirring for the Lady Flashes.
Haylie Hamons shifted from the two-hole down to number-six and Emily Nedolast bumped up from the seven-spot to second in the order. Both girls lit it up offensively, combining for five hits and nine RBI, in Willard’s 9-7 victory over the Chieftains.
Hamons put her own special bookends on the win, highlighting a five-run first inning with a grand slam home run and then drilling a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the seventh, after the Chieftains had rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 7-3 to tie the game at seven apiece.
The WHS freshman also smacked a double, worked a walk and scored two runs on the evening for Willard (5-7). The long balls were her first career varsity round-trippers, as well as the first WHS home runs of the season. Hamons’ six RBI doubled her season total to a team-high 12 runs batted in.
Nedolast accounted for the other three Lady Flashes’ runs, tallying three RBI on a single and a triple.
Willard needed the power infusion of Hamons and Nedolast to offset a three-home run night for the Chieftains, including a bomb from Macey Malagon, who also drilled a pair of triples and knocked home three runs.
Nikki Colley and Chelsey Depinet also left the ballpark with a solo and two-run home run, respectively.
Morgan Hamons pitched 4-2/3 innings for the Lady Flashes, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking two. Taylor Chaffins (2-3) came on to finish off the last 2-1/3 innings striking out a pair, to earn the win.
Bellevue 11, Willard 1
The Lady Red eliminated most of the doubt right off the bat, piling up six runs in the first inning and tacking on crooked numbers in the third and fifth to finish off a five-inning run-rule victory in Bellevue.
The hosts unleashed a 14-hit offensive avalanche against the Lady Flashes.
Bellevue was led by a three-hit, two-RBI night from Alex Fiske.
Lyndsey Seamon, who did not give up an earned run and only allowed four base hits (all singles) and two walks, while fanning four, aided her cause by smashing a home run and driving in two in the win.