Lady Eagles split season opener twinbill

April 11, 2019

By Aaron Michell
Sports Writer

Despite some first game jitters, the Lady Eagles held their own on opening day, splitting with former Highland Conference foe Pine River on Monday at the Art Van Complex in Rockford.

The Eagles took the first game, 14-13, before falling 17-2 in the nightcap.
“We were a little nervous in our first outing, only having two outdoor practices this year,” said head coach Ryan Raymond.

The Eagles got off to a slow start in the first game, trailing 3-0 after two innings.

But it didn’t take long for the Eagles bats to heat up.

Eight different Eagles got at least one hit, with Riley Kischnick and Rylie Richards leading the way with a triple and double, respectively. Freshman Jersey Scott put her stamp on opening day, coming through with a walk-off RBI double to give the Eagles the win.

“Our girls showed great resilience after falling behind late and coming back in the last inning,” Raymond said. “Especially against a very strong defense led by Pitcher Emma Whitley.”

Payton Raymond got the win in the opener, allowing 3 earned runs while striking out 4. Hayle Miller closed the victory on the mound for the Eagles.
Although the Eagles were able to overcome some fielding errors in the first game, similar miscues proved too much to overcome in the nightcap.

“We committed three fielding errors in the last inning of the first game and unfortunately, those woes carried over into this game,” Raymond said.
Although the early season rust was apparent, Raymond gave Pine River a lot of credit for their 17-2 victory in game two.

“I do want to give Coach Nelson and his players the credit they deserve, because they did play an outstanding game,” Raymond said. “We, on the other hand did not. We did have some bright spots, but we also have some areas of improvement.”

Marion (1-1 overall) will look to get back on track when they travel to Bear Lake on Thursday.

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