(Photos by Josh Mills, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- The Kelly Lady Hawks soundly defeated the Chaffee Lady Devils, 7-0, at Frisco Park in Chaffee Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Hawks combined sound hitting and near flawless pitching of Danielle Dock to overcome a talented Chaffee team.
Leading the Lady Hawks in hitting was Londyn Backfisch who used her remarkable speed to record an inside the park home run in the top of the fourth inning. The junior finished 3-for-3 with one RBI and one stolen base.
"We've had a lot of practice and coach has been working with me on my swing and getting me back in to shape, but all the credit for that goes to my teammates and coach." Backfisch said of her performance Tuesday.
Katee Moore provided most of the runs and power for Kelly Tuesday finishing 2-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Moore gives her teammates and coaching staff all the credit for her outing.
" I got us some runs and put us on the board, I was just lucky that people got on in front of me, with out them we don't get the runs, we really played as a team today," Moore said.
Casey Kern and Dock both recorded hits which batted in runners. Heather Beggs, Kristen Powell and Haley Glastetter all contributed a hit as well.
Dock had a strong appearance on the mound Tuesday, her first as a starting varsity pitcher. Dock was stellar through four innings striking out seven while only giving up one hit and no runs.
"This was my first game pitching varsity. It was really exciting, I was nervous before. I felt really good," Dock said of her start.
Dock was relieved in the bottom of the fifth by Jessica Riley, who is settling into a role as the dependable reliever for the Lady Hawks. Riley threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out three.
"I thought they did a very good job," Ratledge said. "We had girls that put the ball in play, especially when it counted. We got our bunts down several times. We had some really good plays on defense. We had good pitching today. I saw some strengths, but its the second game of the season so I do see some weaknesses.
"I like my line up all the way through, all nine, and I feel like I can depend on any girl to do what I need her to do whatever I need her to do."
The Lady Hawks are 2-0 to start the season and brimming with confidence as they head into the heart of their schedule, with a home game against Cape Central and the Notre Dame Invitational next week.
" It does give you confidence," Ratledge said. "But, you've got to focus because you have conference and district games and tournaments coming up. These are the games where we need to find out where we are weak at. We have to be ready for the teams coming up."
Chaffee head coach Shawn Powderly felt his girls played well but ran into a very strong Kelly team.
"We actually played pretty well, the scoreboard just didn't show it," Powderly said. "Kelly is a very solid team as they always are. We played well, but they are just a better team than we are right now."
The Lady Devils determination to not give up was shown in a spectacular overhead catch by center fielder Heather Thomason in the final inning.
"We had a great catch out in center field in the last inning," Powderly said. "A play like that just goes to show what our team is made of. We have girls that aren't going to quit regardless of the score or what's going on."
Kelly's next game is at home against Cape Central on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.