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Big innings lift Kelly over Chaffee 10-2

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jade Rampley of Kelly slides safely back into third on a pick off attempt as Chaffee's Taylor Fodge takes a throw from the catcher during Tuesday's contest.
(Brent Shipman, Staff)
BENTON -- Scoring a combined eight runs in third and fourth inning rallies, the Kelly Lady Hawks overcame an early two-run deficit to beat the Chaffee Lady Devils 10-2.

"They executed and played extremely well, especially for our second ball game of the varsity season," Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge said of her team. "Usually you start a little rough and build and build, but we've started out two real good games now."

After putting themselves in an early hole in allowing the Lady Devils a pair of first inning runs, the Lady Hawks put up a run in the bottom for the first before coming back to tie things at 2-2 in the second frame.

Taking the lead once and for all, Kelly opened up a three run rally in the third starting with back-to-back singles by Emily Grojean and Jade Rampley to open the inning.

After working her way to third, Grojean scored on Rampley's bunt for a base hit with Rampley coming home later in the frame on a passed ball to give the Lady Hawks a 4-2 advantage. Rounding out the rally, Kristy Brucker reached on a base hit before her courtesy runner, Morgan LeDure, scored on a passed ball to put Kelly ahead 5-2.

It was then in the fourth that kelly put up its biggest inning of the afternoon with a five-run rally.

After an initial groundout to start the frame, Grojean, Rampley, Sydney Vinyard, Brucker and Samantha Ratledge strung together five-straight hits as each came around to score to make up the 10-2 final.

For her team's offensive surge, Rhonda Ratledge credited her team's ability to adjust to Chaffee's pitching the second time around the order.

"A lot times that's just trying to get the timing of the pitcher too," Rhonda Ratledge said. "She's a little slower than the pitcher we saw yesterday so sometimes you have to get adjusted to speed."

With 12 hits on the contest, the Lady Hawks were led by Grojean, Rampley, Ratledge as Stephanie Worth as each collected two hits on the contest. Vinyard and Worth had the teams only two base hits with each contributing a double.

In scoring twice and reaching in three of her four plate appearances in the contest, Ratledge points to leadoff hitter Grojean as being the spark for the Lady Hawks offense.

"Emily is a good lead runner," Ratledge said. "If she can get on it seems like that sets the mood for the rest of the lineup. She (started things out in the first) with a ball right down the third base line so that helps

"She's a good senior leader there as far as being a good leadoff for me."

Picking up the win was freshman Brucker, who moves to 2-0 in the season with her second straight complete game. After allowing a pair of early run, Brucker pitched six shutout inning, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out three.

For Chaffee, it was Adrienne Eichhorn leading an eight-hit offensive effort, going 2 for 2 with a double while scoring a run.

Both the Lady Devils' runs came when Eichhorn started off the top of the first with a double down the third base line, followed by a base hit bunt from Kaitlyn Miller to leave a pair of runners on.

After the pair of runner advanced to second and third, Eichhorn was brought home on a Sierra Miller single before Kaitlyn Miller scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Kaitlin McFerron.

"We did a great job jumping out early," Chaffee coach Shawn Powderly said. "I know we lead off with a double and managed to get her around and score a couple of runs early.

"A team like Kelly though, they don't don't give in to that kind of pressure. They're too experienced and they know how to play ball. They don't get rattled."

Kelly (2-0) will host Poplar Bluff on Thursday at 4 p.m. while Chaffee (0-2) will travel to Scott City on Thursday to play the Lady Rams at 4 p.m.