(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- The East Prairie Lady Eagles took advantage of nearly every opportunity they could.
With just eight hits, East Prairie plated 20 runs to win their fifth game of the season defeating the Charleston Lady Bluejays 20-5 in five innings.
"They made a few mistakes and you have to capitalize on them," East Prairie head coach Steve Stokes said. "We hit the ball when we needed to, and had a few mistakes ourselves, but we did what we needed to do."
The Lady Eagles started the game by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs. They capitalized on three walks, one error and two hits by Lauren Magee and Desiree Williams.
They added five more runs in the second inning to take a commanding 11-0 advantage.
"We jumped out on top and that was the key to the game," Stokes said. "On their home field, we wanted to at least score a few runs early."
Needing four more runs to put the 15-run rule into effect, the Lady Eagles (5-3) scored just that in the third inning, mostly because of a three-run round-tripper by Mikaela Hutson.
Although they were down and faced with playing just one more half inning, Charleston (1-7) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the third to stay on the field.
Rebekah Layton and Wendi Cross both scored in the inning. Cross knocked Layton in with a single while Natalie Medlock drove in Cross.
"We started off kind of slow," Charleston head coach Jennifer Miesner said. "We came back and they fought. We have a young team and we're slowly improving."
Charleston put up one run in the fourth to make it 15-3, when Jazmyn Scott made the full trip around the bases on a single and an outfield error by East Prairie.
The Lady Eagles put the game well out of reach with another five runs in the top of the fifth.
East Prairie's Caitlyn Harwell earned the win pitching all five innings.
"She's just a sophomore and very athletic," Stokes said. "The important thing is that we need to keep her throwing strikes. Her control has gotten a lot better since last year and she knows that's what we have to have right now."
Magee led the Lady Eagles with four hits including two doubles. Mikaela Hutson added two.
"They've got us for the last few years," Stokes said. "Their our cross-county rivals and we wanted to get them because they'll get us anytime they have a chance. I was pleased with our effort."
East Prairie 654 05 -- 20 8 3
Charleston 002 12 -- 5 7 6
WP -- Caitlyn Harwell. LP -- Logan Groves. 2B -- (EP) Lauren Magee 2. (C) Wendi Cross, Natalie Medlock. Multiple hitters -- (EP) Magee 4-5, Mikaela Hutson 2-3.