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April 12, 2014

H.S. SOFTBALL: Lady Indians top Henry Clay, Magoffin County

RICHMOND — The Madison Central Lady Indians pulled out the big sticks in two wins over Henry Clay and Magoffin County on Saturday in Lexington.

Central collected 11 hits, including a home run, in a  9-2 win over the Blue Devils in the opener.

After giving up an unearned run to the Blue Devils in the first inning, Central wasted no time in answering.

Makenzie Murphy and Sarah Arthur opened the inning with singles, then came home on a Sydney Vaughn home run to make it 3-1.

Central added two more in the third inning when Kasi Schneid tripled home Emily Frakes and Morgan Elliston to make it 5-1.

Murphy and Emily Frakes made it 7-1 Lady Indians in the sixth when they both scored on wild pitches.

Central added two more runs before Henry Clay got a run in the sixth inning to make it a 9-2 game.

Starting pitcher Mackenzie Wilder was as hot as the hitters, holding the Blue Devils to only four hits in the game. She struck out five batters.

The first game only served as a warm up for the Lady Indians, who came out even hotter in game two.

Central pounded out an astonishing 20 hits — including another three home runs — on its way to a 20-10 thrashing of Magoffin County in the nightcap.

The Lady Indians scored five runs both the first two innings to jump on top 10-0.

They added three more runs in the third on a two-run homer by Schneid and a solo shot by Courtney Patton. It was the first home runs of the season for both.

Elliston got in on the home run parade with a solo blast in the fifth, her second of the season, then the Lady Indians added three more runs in the sixth to round out the scoring.

Central coach Daniel Rogers said he had never seen such an offensive display from one of his teams.

“We hit the ball really well in the first game, but we absolutely crushed the ball in that second game,” Rogers said. “I’ve never had a team hit like this. It’s the best hitting team I’ve ever had.”

Baseball and softball players are pretty superstitious individuals and when things are going right they don’t like to change things.

So it might be a safe bet to say that the Lady Indians will be seeing some more Krispy Kreme donuts in the near future.

While in Myrtle Beach on their spring break trip two weeks ago, the team had Krispy Kreme for breakfast the first day. They then went out and won four consecutive games that day.

So on Saturday, Rogers decided to try the sweet magic again, stopping at the donut shop on their way to Henry Clay for the opener.

He won’t say that the donuts had anything to do with the hitting display, but he won’t rule it out either.

“We went 4-0 on that first day in Myrtle Beach after getting donuts, so I said, lets stop and get some today,” he said. “And sure enough we did this. I don’t know if it was the donuts or not, but it worked again. I told the girls that Babe Ruth used to eat hot dogs before games. I guess we use donuts.”

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