SCOTT CITY -- With a 10-hit performance that was capped by Alexis Spriggs' sixth inning grand slam, the Scott City Lady Rams held off the visiting Chaffee Lady Devils on Thursday for an 11-3 win.
"I told the girls it seemed like we had a little more fire under us yesterday, but toward the end of the game it started coming back," Scott City coach Amy Pobst said. "We were patient and our hitting finally came around."
Ahead 5-2 after three innings of play, the Lady Rams started to pull away in the fourth frame when Spriggs sent a double over the center fielder's head, scoring a pair of runners to give Scott City a five-run advantage.
Just two innings later in the sixth, it was Spriggs at it again, coming up with the bases loaded and hitting a grand slam over the left field fence to put her team up 11-2.
Besides essentially sealing the game, the grand slam was especially memorable for Spriggs.
"I've never hit a home run in a game before in my life," Spriggs said. "I do it all the time in practice, but I've never done it in a game. It feels pretty good."
Down to their final three outs, Chaffee opened up the seventh three straight hits as they tried to kick off a rally. Only able to push across leadoff hitter Adrienne Eichhorn, however, the Lady Devils found themselves the victim of a double play before a ground out to short ended the game.
While Scott City earned their latter inning runs mainly with clean hitting, it was the Lady Devils' mistakes in the field that help the Lady Rams build an early lead.
Already up 1-0 after the first frame, Scott City added three runs in the second frame thanks in part to a pair of runners reaching on Chaffee errors.
It was on another error in the third that the Lady Rams leadoff hitter reached before scoring Scott City's only run of the frame as they took a 5-2 lead.
"Our biggest problem was we gave a very good ball club way too many opportunities," Chaffee coach Shawn Powderly said. "I haven't looked at the box score yet, but we had too many errors and, on top of that, we didn't make some plays mentally that we should have.
"We had people that were in the wrong spots and weren't doing things like we should have. It's stuff we definitely have to clean up if we're going to get to where we want to go."
Leading Chaffee on offense, Sierra Miller came up with a single in each of her four trips to the plate. Cierra Crites had a pair of singles while Eichhorn had the Lady Devils only extra-base hit of the night, which was a double to start a two-run rally in the third.
In that that two-run third, Kaitlin McFerron drove in a run on a base hit while Stevie Schrum scored the second run on a sacrifice fly to left field.
"We did swing the bats well," said Powderly. "We had bases loaded in the first inning with one out and couldn't push any across. We had base runners all day, but we have to find a way to start getting them in."
For Scott City, Spriggs finished the contest with six runs batted in while going 2 for 4 with a double and grand slam. Lyndsey Rendleman contributed three hits and scored a pair of runs. Lindsay Kern had a pair of singles.
"Our bats came alive more than they did yesterday," Spriggs said. "And that was kind of a focus because we didn't hit as good as we can (against St. Pius X).
"We want to be an offensive team and that's what we work for."
Scott city now stands at 2-0 while the Lady Devils fall to 0-3 on the season.