NORTH MARION 18,
After a sluggish start to the game, North Marion had a big third inning to put Clay-Battelle away, 18-2, Friday night at North Marion High School in the Huskies’ second game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament.
With a 6-2 lead heading into the third inning, North Marion piled together a 12-run inning to send the Cee-Bees home early.
Leadoff hitter Shelby King singled to start off the inning, which Chelsi Latocha followed up with a walk. They weren’t on base long, though, as Taylor Wells blasted a three-run home run over the scoreboard in left field to start the inning off in dominant fashion.
“I was just thinking, wow,” Wells said of the shot, her second long ball in two days. “I don’t try to do it; it just goes.”
By inning’s end, all nine Huskies had crossed the plate, some scoring twice, showing that any player at any spot in the lineup can produce.
“Due to this weather, we’ve had a ton of batting practice, which has helped a lot,” King, who finished 3-for-3 with a walk, explained. “Honestly, we’re a team that has a snowball effect. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes it’s bad. We push each other, and we try to do the best not to leave anyone on base. Really it’s just high spirits to keep our hits going.”
In addition to King’s three hits, Amanda Sigley added two hits, including a two-run double, and Shasta Pyles doubled to drive in a run.
North Marion (10-1) won’t have long to celebrate its two victories as the Huskies will turn the focus to No. 2 Ritchie County today at 6 p.m.
After the win against Clay-Battelle, coach Brad Harker gathered his team to explain to them the importance of the game.
The message? Beat someone who is ranked ahead of you and take their spot.
“We’ve just got to come in and be focused and be excited about what we’re doing,” Harker said of the matchup which lies before his team. “Ritchie’s not going to make too many mistakes, and we need to be ready to play.
“I told them to play. To go out and have fun and let it all go but be focused. I think if we do that, we’re going to be fine.”
A win against a top-notch program that the Huskies very well could see in the postseason brings excitement to the players, King said. And they’re ready to accept the challenge.
“They’re going to be a tough one, but we can do anything if we come ready to play,” she said. “Our goal is to move on, and we’d just like to move on with a win.”
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