Marian got its second consecutive 10-run rule victory and Bethany Shaud got her second straight win as the Fillies overpowered Shenandoah Valley, 14-1. The Marian victory was its second Schuylkill League Division 3 victory of the season.
Shaud, who is returning from a knee injury, is just getting back in the groove for the Fillies.
"I was real anxious to come back," said Shaud. "I wanted to get out there and pitch well and it feels great to string together two solid starts. Our defense has been playing awesome as well and they have done a really good job of backing me up."
Shaud has allowed not allowed an earned run in her last two starts. On Thursday, the freshman pitched four innings, giving up just two hits, and striking out four. She didn't allow a hit until the third inning and retired the first six batters she faced.
"This is Bethany's second start in a row, so I wanted to see how she responded," said Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo. "She went out there and pitched a really solid game and it was good to see her have a lot of stuff left."
The Fillies offense jumped on the Lady Devils right out of the gates, scoring 10 runs in the first inning.
Marian had 10 hits and six RBIs in the inning. During one stretch, 10 straight Marian batters reached base and scored a run. Shannon Skotek and Lindsay Nemeth recorded two hits and two RBIs in the first, Sam Faust had two hits, Jeanne Cannon reached on a double and drove in a run, and Gabby Cann also knocked in a run to help spur the Fillies offensive explosion.
Marian then tacked on four more runs in the second off another hit and RBI from Skotek and a two-run double from Abby Hill.
"We've been working a lot on hitting at practice over the last couple weeks," said DeAngelo. "As a team we want to hit the ball down the line, hit line drives, and keep the ball on the ground. It's our goal to force the other team to make plays to beat us and today our girls did a good job of that."
Junior catcher Hill had a big hit for the Fillies in the second. Hill hit a two-run double to the right centerfield gap, but overran second base and got caught in the always lethal baserunning pickle. Hill got back to second however, with a head first slide. In the process of trying to throw Hill out the Shenandoah Valley shortstop overthrew the second baseman sending the ball into deep right field allowing Hill to round third and score. It was just that kind-of day for the Fillies offense.
"Early on in the season we weren't hitting the ball that well," said Hill. "We've been working really hard on hitting since the start of the season and especially yesterday at practice we were all getting a hold of the ball pretty well. Our hard work is paying off and we've graduated to a better hitting team because of it."
The Fillies (4-2, 2-1) have had blowout victories in their last two contests, outscoring their opponents 27-1. Although things seem to be going well for Marian right now, DeAngelo knows there's a lot of softball left to play and still room for improvement.
"Like any coach you can never be satisfied," said DeAngelo. "We have to stay solid at hitting and pitching and play consistent. There is always room for improvement and we definitely need to get better as the season continues."
Shenandoah 001 00 - 1 2 6
Marian (10)40 0 - 14 12 2
Lukashunas and Mika; Shaud and Hill; W - Shaud L - Lukashunas.