Melissa’s Lady Cardinals moved to 2-0 in district play on March 12 with a 12-0 takedown of Celina at the Melissa Sports Facility. The game was quickly rescheduled for a 5 p.m. start at Melissa when morning rains washed out a planned noon start at Celina’s natural-turf facility.
Lady Cards pitcher Alexis Pevehouse went the distance in this run rule-shortened five-inning contest, striking out seven and scattering four hits with three walks. The Lady Bobcats managed one extra-base hit, a double in the third inning with Celina trailing, 9-0.
The Lady Cards struck for five runs in the first inning and four in the second before tacking on three in the fourth to trigger the “mercy” rule.
“The entire team is playing well right now, from the circle to the defense to the plate,” Melissa head coach Rodgers said. “Even the dugout is rockin’. I can’t say enough about each and every one of these young ladies.”
Lady Cards third baseman Audrey Solomon went 3-for-4 at the plate, socking two home runs for 4 RBI. “She is really playing well for us and was lights-out in the field too,” Rodgers said. Pevehouse also went 3-for-4 with a double, scoring three runs and collecting 3 RBI. “She is so relaxed right now, in the circle and at the plate,” said Rodgers.
Batting in the “9-hole,” second baseman Maggie Rodgers had a big day as well. With the bases loaded and two outs each of her first two at-bats, Rodgers put the ball in play both times for a combined 3 RBI. Bryton Wright and Trinity Needham also swatted a double apiece for Melissa.
Rodgers praised Needham’s defense as well. “She continues to show her range as a shortstop,” he said, “gunning down several Lady Bobcats as she tracked down balls deep in the hole and behind second, turning both into outs.
“We got the start we wanted, 2-0 in district. Now we get a couple of days off before the home stretch of district play.” Melissa’s next game is March 19 at home versus Anna (2-0).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Celina 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 4 4
Melissa 5 4 0 3 X X X 12 12 0