JEWELL - Count 'em ... 23.
Prairie City-Monroe exploded at the plate last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex, touching first-year South Hamilton pitcher MacKenzie Busch for 23 hits in a 16-5 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over the Hawks.
The Mustangs (2-1) certainly took their hacks and made them pay off, but Hawks' head coach Tarin Bell was left scratching her head after her club committed nine errors.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
South Hamilton catcher Shannon Hoyle blasts a first-inning, two-out home run against PCM last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex in Jewell.
"One through nine, they had great hitters," Bell said. "We obviously can't control how many hits they have, but we can control how many errors we have. They wouldn't have scored 16 runs if we didn't have all those errors."
PCM scored seven runs in the top half of the seventh to put the game well out of reach.
South Hamilton (0-5) finished with nine hits, including a first-inning, two-out solo home run by Shannon Hoyle. Mattea Detrick also ripped a triple, and Ella Jans and Kayla Lucas both lashed two singles.
PCM211 410 7-16 23 1
South Hamilton100 020 2- 5 9 9
Payge Edwards and Abigail Gilson. MacKenzie Bush and Shannon Hoyle. W-Edward. L-Busch. 3B-SH: Mattea Detrick. HR-SH: Hoyle. RBI-SH: Hoyle, Carly Swenson, Kayla Carlson.
Carly Swenson and Kayla Carlson added RBI singles in the loss.
South Hamilton put up two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the last half of the seventh.
Payge Edwards picked up the win in the circle for the Mustangs, and she also belted a solo home run.
The Hawks will continue to search for that first win tonight when they travel south to face Colfax-Mingo.