VERSAILLES – The Bradford Lady Railroaders run ruled the Fort Loramie Lady Redskins 15-5 in a Saturday afternoon game played on the Versailles Lady Tigers home field.
“We just keep chugging along,” said Bradford coach Shon Schaffer. “I told the girls a lot of teams and a lot of coaches are counting us out because of our injuries. We’re just one game at a time.”
The Lady Roaders used a Rylee Canan RBI single to get things rolling in the first on the team’s way to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play.
Bradford plated seven runs in the top of the third inning to give the Lady Roaders a 12-0 lead. Singles by Bianca Keener, Maggie Manuel, and Emma Canan and Bianca Keener and a double off the bat of Rylee Canan paced the Lady Roaders third inning outburst.
Fort Loramie scored a run in their half of the third and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings but was not enough to keep Bradford from recording five inning run rule win with the Lady Railroaders adding a single run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
Bradford pounded out 17-hits and committed 2-errors while the Lady Redskins were collecting nine hits and committing five errors in the non-conference game.
Lady Roaders having a multi-hit game included: Bianca Keener going 3-4 with 3-RBIs and 2-runs scored. Maggie Manuel was 3-3 with 2-RBIs and 2-runs. Rylee Canan went 2-3 with 2-RBIs and 3-runs, Emma Canan was 3-4 with 2-RBIs and 2-runs and Abby Fike going 3-4 with an RBI and 3-runs scored.
“Hitting the snot out of the ball,” Schaffer said. “The girls worked really hard over the off-season and the freshmen coming in just hit the ground running. We’re seeing the ball well early in the season and hitting the ball well.”
Manuel pitched a complete game in picking up the win for Bradford tossing five innings, allowing nine hits and five runs.
“My two seniors, Bianca Keener and Alysa Martines, the way they manage the dugout, the way they manage the girls on the field, they picked it up this year,” stated Schaffer. “Being seniors, they really turned it on and I am really proud of them for doing that. If you don’t have that kind of leadership things can go south quickly.”
Reach Gaylen Blosser firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-548-3330