Starr’s Mill softball opened a new year of Battle of the Bubble play with a commanding 13-0 win over McIntosh Tuesday night.
The Chiefs looked like they would be the ones to start the game hot, Andie Hume leading off the game with a hit. She would be thrown out trying to leg it into a double, and it would be all Panthers from there.
Lea Duben opened the bottom half of the first with a bunt single and stolen base. Shelby Daniel would plate her with an infield sacrifice for the game’s opening run. Laura Sellers added on emphatically, crushing a two-run home run. Kailani Serapion and Wakana Sato each drove in one run to run the margin to 5-0. Kate Ashmore crushed a two-run double, then Daniel cranked one of her own. Sellers followed with an RBI double to make it 10-0 at the end of the first inning.
Starr’s Mill added two more runs in the second and one in the third to cap off the run-rule victory.
Sato pitched a three-inning shutout for the Panthers.
Starr’s Mill and Our Lady of Mercy squared off Tuesday afternoon for a bit of non-region volleyball action, the Panthers winning in two sets (25-18, 25-11).
Kayla Sloan paced the Panthers with seven kills, followed by Dani Simonsen with six and Lauren Avidano with four. Tessa Laney added three kills, eight digs, and nine assists. Alexis Berrios notched four aces, 23 digs, and four assists. Jessica Tomasello posted five digs. Emily Schafhauser tallied eight assists.
Jessica Knowles led the Bobcats in kills with four, followed by Keelia Jordan with three and Maritza Cayo with two. Knowles also posted three assists. Eboni Winston tallied 10 assists.