BEREA — The Lady Indians (1-0) hit a total of 17 home runs a year ago while averaging more than seven runs a game.
That powerful offense helped Madison Central claim a 44th District Tournament championship.
On Wednesday, the Lady Indians opened a new season.
And they once showcased their hitting ability.
Central pounded out 16 innings in an 18-3 four-inning victory over Madison Southern (0-1). Cassidy Hack and Andrea Linton both homered as the Lady Indians had five players with multiple hits.
Cassidy Gentry went the distance in the circle for Central, allowing four hits, three runs (one earned) with just one walk.
“It seems like they were able to see the ball pretty well tonight,” Central coach Randy Hall said. “They were anxious to get out here, as I’m sure Southern was too. In the first game of the season, there’s always a lot of jitters.”
Central took a 2-0 lead in the first before Southern pulled even in the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Indians responded with six runs in the second, including a three-run homer by Hack. Central scored twice more in the third, then Linton capped off an eight-run fourth inning with a three-run homer.
Hack was 3-for-4 with five RBI and scored three times. Shelby Hensley was 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice. Jasmine Kaylor was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and scored three times. Brooklyn Guibault was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Gentry was 2-for-3.
Kierstin Osborne was 1-for-1, walked three times, drove in two runs and scored four times.
Olivia Metcalfe was 1-for-2 with two walks. Mollie Neeley walked twice and scored twice and Karlee Speakman was 1-of-2 with an RBI.
Southern’s Ashlan Estep was 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and scored a run.
Crystal Cooke was 1-for-2 and Belle Strunk was 1-for-1.
Strunk also got the start in the circle. She went two innings, allowing 12 hits, 10 runs and three walks with one strikeout.
Kennedy Alcorn also pitched two innings. She gave up four hits, eight runs (two earned) and four walks.
Central is set to return to action today at home against Mercer County.
Southern is set to return to action today at home against Powell County.
Lady Pirates drop opener
The Lady Pirates (0-1) opened the season with a 14-2 five-inning loss to Garrard County (1-0) on Wednesday in Lancaster.
Berea Community had just one hit.
The Lady Pirates, however, took the lead in the top of the second inning. Maddy King had a hit, scored a run, Cora Reed also scored a Tess McLin added an RBI as Berea went on top 2-1.
The Lady Lions scored 12 times in the third inning to re-take the lead.
King started in the circle for Berea. She went 2 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, nine runs and one walk with three strikeout.
Kadence Bertotto worked the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, five runs (one earned) and three walks with one strikeout.
Berea is set to return to action today at Lynn Camp.
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