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St. Elmo wins shoot out with Ramsey

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By Jonathan Stark

Monday afternoon, St. Elmo’s junior high softball team opened its season with a win over Ramsey, 19-10.

Although the Eagles only had eight hits in the game, they were able to capitalize on nine errors by the Ramsey defense. In addition to dominating on offense, three St. Elmo pitchers combined for a no-hitter, they did walk 19 batters.

“If we can cut those down (on walks and hit batters), we are athletic enough to compete with just about anyone,” coach Tom Fedrigon said. “The good news is, when they threw strikes they got outs, and that is definitely something to build on.”

The Eagles were behind after the first inning, 2-0, but came back and scored in every one of the final six frames. A six-run fourth inning put the Eagles up 10-3 and well in control but the Rams fought back to 14-10 in the fifth.

Audriana Pruett of St. Elmo, was brought in with one out in the bottom of the fifth. She pitched a scoreless 2 2/3 of inning, to end the game. She was also 1-for-2 on the day with a three-run home run.

Baylee Scholes went 2-for-3, with two walks and four runs scored. Her outing on the pitching rubber wasn’t as successful, as she gave up three runs and walked five without recording an out.

Darby Moss of St. Elmo scored four times and had two RBIs without recording a hit.

Starting pitcher Tiffany Austin got the win as she went 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up seven runs.

“This was one of those games that everyone contributed, which was good to see – especially in the first game of the season,” Fedrigon said.

St. Elmo's next game is at Windsor, on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Saturday, the Eagles will play in the Beecher City Junior High Softball Tournament. Their first game is at 10:30 a.m. against Stew-Stras. They will play again at noon against Mulberry Grove and finally against Beecher City at 4:30 p.m.