(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- Whether it was at the plate, on the bases or in the field, the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles seemed to do no wrong Friday afternoon in a 15-0 win over Charleston in five innings.
"We came ready to play," said NMCC coach Steve Rogers. "We ran the bases well, we hit well up and down the lineup. Kelly (Robey) was her usual stellar self. What balls they put in play we handled. All-in-all it was just a real nice performance for us."
The Lady Eagles wasted no time taking control of the game, scoring three runs in the first inning on three hits, including a two-RBI double from Robey.
Robey seemed to be the X-factor as the junior standout pitched a perfect game for NMCC, striking out the side in the first inning on just nine pitches. For the game Robey struck out 13 Charleston hitters with the Lady Bluejays only able to put two balls in play in the game, both fielded cleanly by Lady Eagle third baseman Samantha Hunter.
With Robey dominate on the mound, NMCC continued pouring on the runs with three in the second, two in the third and six in the fourth, giving the Lady Eagles a comfortable advantage.
NMCC pounded out 13 hits on the day, led by leadoff hitter Emma Karafa and Hunter. Both finished 3-for-4 at the plate. Karafa scored three times while Hunter scored once and had one RBI.
Robey finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while senior catcher Shelby Lawrence was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Meredith Stanley also drove in three runs on the day.
"To be honest with you, coming into the season I was really concerned about our offense," Rogers said. "I knew with Kelly pitching we didn't need to score a lot of runs, but I knew we were going to have to score some and the girls have really surprised me. We've had a couple of girls switch around to the left side and they're putting the ball in play and we have good speed up and down the lineup. Of course Kelly, Shelby and Sam Hunter, our 3-4-5 hitters, are as good as there is around."
The damage could have been worse for Charleston if not for the play of right fielder Michala Griffen who made two catches while backpeddling, robbing an extra basehit from Hunter and Robey. Second baseman Samantha Stack was also flawless in the field, sucking up several hard-hit grounders to end some Lady Bluejay rallies.
"Charleston has a much improved team of the team we played two years ago," Rogers said. "The coach has done a real good job with them."
NMCC (4-0) was back in action on Saturday, hosting Senath-Hornersville. The Lady Eagles will travel to Dexter on Monday at 4 p.m.
NMCC 332 61 -- 15 13 0
Charleston 000 00 -- 0 0 4
WP -- Kelly Robey. LP -- Stacia Manning. Multiple hitters -- (NMCC) Emma Karafa 3-4, Robey 2-4, Shelby Lawrence 2-3, Samantha Hunter 3-4. 2B -- (N) Robey, Lawrence, Hunter.