By Ben Stroup
The Delaware Hayes softball team ran its record to a perfect 5-0 with a win in its final game down in Cocoa Beach, drilling Waterford (WI) 18-0 Friday morning.
Senior ace Madi Huck threw her second no-hitter of the trip, striking out seven in four perfect innings of work.
“Huck is really pitching well,” Pacers coach Mark Thomas said. “I’m pleased (with the team) through five games. We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m pleased with what we’ve accomplished down here in Florida. Our goal was to go 5-0 and we accomplished that goal.”
Hayes set the tone with a two-run first before all but ending things with a five spot in the second. The Pacers, who were boosted by big performances from leadoff hitter Amaia Daniel and Huck — who hit her third home run of the spring in the win — added another pair of runs in the third and nine in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Daniel finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. Huck was also 3-for-3 with her homer, two runs and five RBI, while Kaily Schuette and Lexi Mattix each had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Caylin Morstadt also had two hits in the win.
The Pacers return to action Monday, opening league play against visiting Worthington Kilbourne at 5:15 p.m.
Olentangy 7, Verona 3 (NJ)
Brooke Wells, Kristen Bartel, Joce McBurney-Buell and Emma Spinner finished with two hits apiece as Olentangy improved to 2-0 with a solid non-league win in its final game of the break at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex Friday afternoon.
The Braves scored a pair of runs in the first inning before plating single tallies in each of the next two.
Verona answered with a run in the top of the fifth and two more in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game, but Olentangy sealed the deal with a three-run sixth.
Alyssa Boyd picked up the win in the circle. She allowed three runs on six hits while striking out six in seven innings of work.
The Braves get back at it Monday to open league play against visiting Big Walnut. Game time is set for 5:15 p.m.
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