WILLIAMS - The bats were popping early on here yesterday evening, and it paved the way to the first winning streak of the season for the Northeast Hamilton softball team.
The Trojets rattled off seven hits and seven runs in their first at bat, and they cruised to a 10-0, 5-inning rout of Iowa Star Conference rival CAL.
With its second straight victory, Northeast Hamilton improved to 5-19 overall and 2-9 in the ISC. Three of its five wins have come over winless CAL (0-20, 0-12 ISC).
"We came out and really hit the ball," NEH head coach Dave Hilton said. "CAL is struggling, but still it was nice to see us hit it and it was nice to see us play pretty good defense."
Kaylee Massman punctured the Cadet defense for a two-run single in the first frame, and five other Trojets - Caity Hassebrock, Jenn Willems, Andi Anderson, Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers - laced RBI singles.
NEH finished with 11 hits off CAL eighth-grade hurler Emily Quinones; Jeffers, Greenfield, Anderson and Leah Meyer all had two.
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Emily Quinones and AJ Meier. Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. W-Greenfield. L-Quinones. 2B-NEH: Greenfield. 3B-NEH: Jeffers. RBI-NEH: Jeffers (2), Greenfield, Kaylee Massman (2), Andi Anderson (2).
Jeffers cranked a triple into the gap in the third inning, and she scored moments later on a double by Greenfield to push the lead to 8-0. Anderson added her second RBI single in the fourth.
NEH had an opportunity to push the margin even further in the second, but the Trojets were unable to cash in with the bases loaded and no outs.
Greenfield surrendered just four hits in the pitcher's circle on her way to the win. She struck out one.
NEH will travel to face CWL in a non-conference contest this evening.