season. The first meeting between these two teams ended with 30 combined runs on the scoreboard, but the Sabers coach Neil Johnson was optimistic because Tuesday’s starting pitcher and ace of his staff Alex Walker didn’t start that game and he was confident she could have a good chance to shut the Trojan offense down. The Trojans counter Alex Walker with the leader of their staff Amber Hoffman.
Hoffman started out looking great as always striking out the first batter, but then proceeded to give up four stait hits including three doubles and and a two run homer to Sabers first baseman Alex Lebens who ended up getting five hits on the day reaching in every at bat and racking up six RBI’s. Hoffman finally was able to get out of the inning after giving up three runs in the first as well as another three runs in the second.
On the other side Sabers starter Alex Walker brought her “A” game as she was able to blow through the Trojan line up not allowing a run to score until the fourth inning. Walker was able to frustrate the New Prague batters and keep them guessing striking them out one after another racking up 13 strikeouts in the game including a stretch of five in a row and ends the game striking out the last three batters. Walker goes six innings giving up only 3 runs on 8 hits and walked only one.
After giving up another two runs in the fourth inning Amber Hoffman was taken out of he game and coach Pat Perkinson grabbed pitcher Nichole Reed from the B-squad to come in in relief. Reed faired well in her first inning of relief striking out two of the first three batters that she faced but it didn’t take long for the Sabers to get to her in their next at bats as they got her as well putting up eight more runs on Reed over the next two innings.
The mercy rule came into affect after the sixth inning because the Trojans fell short of getting with in ten runs of the Sabers and the game was called with the Sabers on top big by a final score of 16-3.
The one bright spot of the game was our Pizza Ranch Player of the Game Kelsy McFarland going three for three with three singles, the only consistent offense for the Trojans. “Kelsy can hit a little…she’s learning patience this year, a lot of teams are pitching around her this year…but yeah Kelsy was definitely a bright spot today.” Said Perkinson after the game.