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PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth softball team picked up its third straight win Friday, defeating Tippecanoe Valley 10-0 in a game shortened to six innings by the runs-ahead rule.
Britney Horvath picked up her first varsity win in the circle with a one-hit shutout, fanning eight while allowing just two walks and not allowing any Valley runners beyond first base.
Kailey Whitley gave Horvath the only run she needed in the bottom of the first when her sharp single to left was misplayed by the Valley left fielder, allowing the Lady Pilgrimsâ€™ leadoff hitter to circle the bases and put Plymouth up 1-0.
In the bottom of the second, Horvath led off with a walk and stole second on the first pitch to Haley Traski. After a passed ball moved Horvath over to third, Traski dropped a fly ball into shallow right field to score Horvath. Traski would later score on another passed ball to put Plymouth up by three.
Plymouth would make it 5-0 in the fifth by turning hits by Morgan Oâ€™Neal and Traski, another walk to Horvath and a Valley error on a ball hit by Bailey Brown into two more runs.
The Lady Pilgrims threatened to add further to the lead in the fifth when back to back hits by Horvath and Traski and a walk to Brown loaded the bases with two outs, but Whitleyâ€™s deep fly ball was snagged by the Valley center fielder for the third out.
In the meantime, Horvath continued to set the Valley hitters down without a serious threat, throwing no-hit ball through the first four innings and backed by error-free defense. The only hit Horvath allowed was a single to lead off the fifth, and that would be Valleyâ€™s final baserunner of the game as she set down the final six hitters in order, three by strikeout.
Plymouth would finish the job in the bottom of the sixth with a five-run frame to go up by 10 and end the game by the runs-ahead rule. Emilee Keilman and Marissa Sullivan started things with back-to-back singles, followed by a walk to Oâ€™Neal. After Keilman scored on a passed ball, April Hamptonâ€™s groundout brought Sullivan home. Oâ€™Neal scored on a wild pitch to clear the bases and make it 8-0. Darian Sarna then singled to right, and walks to Horvath and Traski loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. Sarna was forced at home on Brownâ€™s grounder for the second out, but Whitleyâ€™s infield single scored Horvath and moved Traski to third, from where she would score on a wild pitch with Keilman at bat for the 10-run lead to end the game.
Whitley was 3-for-5 including a double for the only extra-base hit of the game. Traski and Horvath both reached in all four of their plate appearances and both scored twice, with Traski going 3-for-3 with a walk and Horvath drawing three walks to go with one base hit. Keilman added a pair of singles to Plymouthâ€™s 12-hit attack.
The win evens the Lady Pilgrims at 3-3 for the season with a scheduled contest at home today against Michigan City before beginning NLC play on Monday at home against Elkhart Memorial.
â€˘Â PLYMOUTH 10,
TIPPECANOE VALLEY (6 inn.)
Tippy Valley: 000 000 â€” 0 1 2
Plymouth: 122 005 â€” 10 12 0
Britney Horvath (W) and Emilee Keilman; Shepard (L) and Dotson
2B: Kailey Whitley (P)
Records: Plymouth 3-3