The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team picked up its first win of the season Thursday night on the road by beating the Slater Wildcats 18-0 in three innings.
The Lady Bulldogs, 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the CAC, opened the game with six runs in the first inning and then exploded for 12 runs in the third to win by the mercy rule.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said the defense was great with no errors. “We turned a 5-4-3 double play and Alexia did a great job pitching,” Dowell said. “Offensively, we were very patient with our at bats and timely hitting  was key. Our 1-9 hitters had at least one hit. It’s good for the girls to get a win on the road. “
Alexia Sprick picked up the win in the circle for New Franklin by giving up just two hits and three walks in three innings. Sprick also had one strikeout.
New Franklin also out-hit Slater 10-2, with Kristen Flick going 2-for-2 with one RBI. Sprick, Annie Benner and Carly Dorson each doubled while Abby Maupin, Kayce Hundley, Isabelle Matney, Justice Singleton and Addy Salmon each singled. Maupin, Sprick, Dorson and Singleton also drove in two runs each while Hundley, Matney, Flick and Benner each had one RBI.
Salisbury 21, Pilot Grove 0
The Salisbury Lady Panthers softball team picked up where they left off last year after advancing to the Final Four by beating the Pilot Grove Tigers Thursday night in Pilot Grove.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 0-2, were out-hit by Salisbury 12-0 and have been outscored 31-7 in two games.
“We played a very solid Salisbury team that didn’t lose anything last year and have a great year ahead of them,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “Credit to them and their program. Our approach is be better today than yesterday and play hard. We know we are not yet what we will be by October.”
Senior Abby Schupp took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up 12 runs on nine hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings. Natalie Rentel, Grace Phillips and Reagan McFatrich also saw time in the circle.