ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans softball team had a wonderful doubleheader against Springfield Catholic Central on Saturday, coming away with 15-0 and 17-4 victories.
The sun was shining bright, it was in the high 60s and the girls’ spirits were even brighter.
In the top of the first Springfield Catholic Central had Alex Sullivan get one and coming into home. She tried to get down but could not do so in time so she ran into the catcher and was called her out.
In the bottom of the first Loganne Stone and Brittany Kinney both stole home, and then Shelby Howard came in off of an RBI single from Cassidy Clark. This made the score 3-0 in favor of the Trojans.
In the top of the second Catholic Central had six batters up, but Arcanum got out of the inning with an out at first base, a strikeout and caught stealer.
In the bottom of the second Elle Siculan bunted, which got her safely on first base. She then stole second and third base. Abbie Bruns also bunted and got on first base. The Trojans then put Brenna Loxley in for a courtesy runner for Bruns. Stone then got up hit one out to the left field, which scored Siculan for Stone’s RBI double.
Next up was Kinney, who hit it to the left field to score Stone for her RBI double. Howard got up and walked, and the Trojans pinch ran Hannah Weaver for Howard. Kinney then stole third base, and Weaver stole second.
McKenzie Sharritts came up knocked it out to center field, which gave her a two-RBI double, scoring Kinney and Weaver. Kaitlyn Zell came up and hit it out to the left field, which put her on second and Sharritts on third. Clark came up hit it to left field, giving her a two-RBI double. Then Abby Ross came up hit it to center field, which gave her a RBI.
Siculan and Bruns both came up and bunted, getting them on base. Then Stone came up hit it to third base, giving her an RBI and scoring Ross. Then Siculan, Bruns and Stone all got out because they tried to advance to the next base before the pitcher was in stance, ending the second inning with a 12-0 score.
In the bottom of the third Catholic Central changed their picture to Addy Taylor. The Trojans had only five batters up to bat this inning and only scored Kinney, making the score 13-0.
The score remained 13-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth Ross scored off of Stone, who hit to center field, and also Siculan, who scored off of a walk, making the bottom of the fourth score 15-0.
Catholic Central came up to bat the top of the fifth and went 1-2-3, which ended the game.
The second game Arcanum got going again in the first inning as Stone hit to center field for a double and ended up stealing home. Howard got walked stole second and third. Zell then came up to bat and hit a home run, scoring Howard and her.
Cassidy Clark hit to center field for a triple and then stole home. Ross then got a hit to left field, stole second and then scored off of Siculan’s hit to center field. Siculan later scored by Stone’s hit.
At the end of the bottom of the first the score was 6-0.
In the bottom of the second Howard and Sharritts both scored off of a Zell hit. Zell scored off of Siculan shot into center field. Siculan stole second third and home, also scoring. So after the end of the second the score was then 11-0.
Catholic Central then put in Laura Williams to pitch bottom of the third. The Trojans scored Kinney off of Howard’s RBI, Howard off of Ross’s RBI and Zell off of Siculan’s RBI, making the score 13-0 at the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth Trojans put in Stone to pitch. Lough hit the ball by second for an Arcanum error and placing her on first. Lough then stole second, third and home, scoring the very first run out of both games. Then Bre Ewing got walked and ended up stealing home, scoring the second run. Katherine Caldwell got walked, which loaded the bases, and she also stole home. Then Laura Williams got walked and ended up stealing third and then got in by scoring off of Sullivan’s RBI, making the score 13-4 going into the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth Kinney hit a single to left field and scored from Brenna Loxley’s hit to right field. Sharritts then came up and hit a home run, scoring herself and Loxley. So going into the top of the fifth the score was 17-4.
In the top of the fifth the Trojans got a 1-2-3 inning, ending the game in their second rule run game for the day with a score of 17-4.
“We did very well today,” Arcanum coach Rick Stone said. “Central Catholic is a very young program who is trying to build them up. We hit very well today. We also had a great defense show up today ready to play. Some of our pitchers who pitched today have not pitched for four and eight years but we are trying to get them some playing time so that we can have them ready if we ever need extra pitchers. Overall it was great game; we had good hits, and great pitching.”
The offense leaders for the first game were Loganne Stone and Kinney with three hits and Bruns, Clark and Siculan with two hits each.
After the second game the offense leaders were Zell with three hits and a home run and Sharritts with two hits including a home run.
Arcanum now advances to a record of 12-1. Arcanum’s next game is at 5 p.m. Monday against Marion Local at home.