PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School girls softball team wasted little time building a lead against Galena at Al Ortolani Field on Saturday, scoring seven runs in the first two innings to help lead them to a 10-7 victory.
The Purple Dragons scored four runs in the first inning and three in the next frame to build a early 7-1 advantage.
“I thought we did a good job of putting up runs early,” said Pittsburg High School softball coach Brian Stackhouse. “We scored multiple runs in the first three innings, which makes it a little easier to execute on the mound and in the field. Also, it allows us to be a little more relaxed at the plate.”
After leading off with a walk, Myla Turner would swipe second and third base to get in scoring position, allowing Sydney Linahan to bring her home on a bunt to put Pittsburg on the board. Linahan and Kaydn Matlock would score on passed balls, extending the lead to 3-1.
Shannon O’Hara would reach third on a triple that reached the center field wall, and Addy Campbell would drive her home give Pittsburg a 4-1 cushion.
Matlock’s three-run homer to left field in the second inning put the Purple Dragons up by six runs heading into the third frame. Galena would score three runs in the top of the third, led by a RBI single from Lyndsey Dixon, to draw the score to 7-4.
Zoe and Sophia Pinamonti would hit RBI singles in the third to push the Pittsburg lead to 9-4. Galena would tack on one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to pull the score line closer.
Matlock would add a insurance run in the sixth courtesy of a RBI double to help clinch the victory.
Matlock had a big day at the plate, batting 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Mallory McThompson added in two hits and two runs scored for the Purple Dragons.
Madden Petty earned the win, striking out five batters in seven innings.
Paige Jensen paced Galena, going 2-for-2 with four runs and two walks.Taehler Watkins notched two RBIs.