By Ben Stroup
The Delaware Hayes softball team expects big things from senior ace Madi Huck this season.
Through two games — a season-opening doubleheader the Pacers swept Tuesday in Cocoa Beach — she certainly hasn’t disappointed.
In the nightcap against Episcopal Academy (Pa.), an 8-0 win, Huck tossed a no-hitter, striking out 18 and walking just two in her seven innings of work.
The Pacer offense supplied plenty of support, too, plating a run in the second, two each in the third, fourth and fifth, and another in the sixth.
Kaily Schuette and Amaia Daniel had two RBI apiece while each scoring a run. Caylin Morstadt and Mallory Stonebraker were also solid, each finishing with a pair of hits in the win.
Huck was just as effective in the opener, striking out 16 and walking just two in Hayes’ 2-0 win over Perrysburg. She allowed just three hits in seven innings of work and, just for good measure, accounted for both of her team’s runs with a two-run homer in the fourth.
Schuette, Mackenzie Stonebraker and Lexi Mattix also had hits in the win.
The Pacers (2-0) are slated to return to action today with another pair of games. They’ll take on Glenbrook North at 8 a.m. and Deerfield at 10.
Buckeye Valley 8, Marcellus (N.Y.) 0
Kasey Morris did big things from the plate and the circle to lead Buckeye Valley to a solid season-opening win Monday over Marcellus (N.Y.).
Morris struck out 17 in the complete-game shutout, all while helping her cause from the plate with a two-run homer.
Olivia Busby, Allison Fathbruckner, Bailey Tigges, Taylor Jenkins and Paige Milhon all had singles in the win.
Seven different Patriots collected hits, Mitchell Okuley and Spencer Yankle knocked in runs and Mitch Milheim made them stand up as Liberty notched a 2-0 win over George Rogers Clark Tuesday in Lakepoint, Ga.
Milheim allowed just four hits while striking out five and walking one in his six innings of action.
Jordan Seich pitched a solid seventh to preserve the shutout.
The Patriots (3-0) return to action Saturday for their home opener — a three-way doubleheader against Medina and Hilliard Darby.
Olentangy 3, Hilliard Davidson 0
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