By Ben Stroup
The Hayes softball team, now 16-0 on the season, connected for 17 hits, including three home runs, en route to a convincing 11-3 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting Big Walnut Friday in Delaware.
Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles did something most teams can’t say they’ve done this season: take a lead against the Pacers.
Unfortunately for them, it didn’t last long.
Taryn Hammond and Meredith Thomas singled to set up what was a three-run first for Big Walnut.
Hayes dominated the rest of the way, though, scoring a run in the bottom of the first, three in the second, four in the fourth and three more in the fifth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Amaia Daniel sparked the Pacers at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs and three RBI. Caylin Morstadt, who was 2-for-4, had a homer and a double to go with two RBI and a run scored while Mallory Stonebraker had the team’s other homer.
Mackenzie Stonebraker and Chloe Barton also had big games, finishing with three hits apiece.
Madi Huck picked up the win in the circle, allowing three runs (none earned) on five hits while striking out five in seven innings of action.
Kate Petty suffered the setback for Big Walnut, allowing eight runs on 13 hits in four innings of work.
Also: Upper Arlington 15, Liberty 3.
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