A change of venue, some offensive power and the usual steady performance from it’s pitcher equaled a winning effort for Berea Community High School softball.

The Lady Pirates were 0-9 coming into Monday’s game, but due to Madison Southern having a cancellation the single game with Jackson became a doubleheader hosted by the Lady Eagles.

And the 14-4 mercy-rule shortened game has Berea’s ace Kelly Taylor liking the cross-town rivals field.

“Yeah, it’s good luck,” the pitcher said about reserving the field for the rest of the year. “Sounds good to me.”

Berea (1-9) coach Brandi Collins knew her girls were on the verge of a win. Last time they played the Lady Generals they eked out a one point victory.

However, the Lady Pirates got all the breaks. After a conservative first two innings at the plate (eight walks, two hits) , Collins unleashed her team.

“That was me,” the first-year coach said of the moderate approach. “But when we got a little bit of a cushion I told them ‘OK, let’s get start hitting.”

The 5-1 advantage ballooned into a 12-1 game off four hits as Shelby Renzenbrink got things started with a single just down the left field line.

Kayla Paynter hit an RBI single, but the Lady Generals had two errors on the play that allowed two more runs to cross home plate.

Jovanna Clay followed with an RBI single and Candra Coy’s single scored the final run of the inning.

“I knew it was there. I knew everyone could do it,” Taylor said of her teammates offensive explosion. “We were just kind of behind the ball. We finally just let them all rip.”

The senior righthander has been dominating from the circle for years and Collins says Taylor usually strikes out close to 10 batters a game.

She sat seven Lady Generals down with just one walk and scattered six hits.

Each team added runs in the fourth to keep Berea ahead by the necessary 10-run limit after five innings.

And were one out away from getting it to end with out having to use its bat in the bottom of the inning, but an error kept things going long enough for Jackson to bring in two more runs.

But the Lady Pirates needed just two batters to secure their first win.

Renzenbrink singled and stole two bases to put Berea just 60 feet from a win.

Chelsea Saylor delivered the hit, a sacrifice fly to right field, to bring in the freshman shortstop.

“It’s about time,” Collins said. “And hopefully our confidence will pick up. ... (The shortened game win) I’m going to bring up over and over again as the season goes out because now I know what they can do. ... So every game they should be able to get out here and do it.”

Berea takes on 44th District Rival Model today in Richmond.

Madison Southern 16, Jackson 1

In the night cap, Madison Southern (8-6) played Jackson (5-7) because Somerset had to cancel to play Model in a subsectional All “A” Classic game.

Lady Eagle coach Brian Foley knew his team needed to play at least one game before heading to Franklin County today.

Southern, like most teams, had last week off due to rain and when the Somerset backed out Foley worked it out for Jackson to play both Berea teams.

“We just needed to see some live balls hit at us,” he said. “It’s been a week and I just wanted them to get some defense work in before going to Franklin.”

A solid defensive unit last year helped the Lady Eagles make it to the regional finals, but this year they are trying to find all the right pieces.

The veteran coach knows he has a lot of people he can play, it is just a matter of finding what combination works the best.

Foley says the lineup has not been the same for back-to-back games except for a three game stint during Southern’s spring break tournament.

Monday night he threw Paige McGuire, allowing Nikki Jeck to play shortstop.

McGuire had a solid game with three strikeouts with just two hits and a run.

One defensive position he does not have to wonder about is his catcher Tiffany Willis.

The junior has a cannon for an arm and got to showcase it against Jackson.

Three times the Lady Generals attempted to steal second and all three times Willis threw strikes to Jeck for the easy tag out.

“Practice really pays off,” Foley said. “We’ve been working on that and getting her throws more precise. She threw three bullets down there tonight.”

Those three pick-offs accounted for a third of the outs Jackson would get as the Lady Eagles needed just three innings for the 15-run mercy rule to end it.

Southern used four hits, three errors and five walks to take a 10-0 lead after one.

Candace Himes got the first big hit of the game with an RBI single to left. Janie Grant followed with a RBI sacrifice to right. Alyssa Fansler had an RBI single. Then with two outs Sarah Botkins roped a two RBI double down the left field line.

Himes got the bats going again at the bottom of the second and Fansler and Jeck followed to load the bases for Willis.

Willis delivered a two RBI double. The junior went 1-for-2 on the day with three RBIs as she knocked in the final run in the bottom of the third to end it.

The Lady Eagles are back in action today at Franklin County.

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