The Eastern Mennonite softball women started red-hot at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. after earning four wins on the weekend. The Royals used a great combination of getting of the scoreboard first while using great pitching to limit their opponents' opportunities.
The women remain in action over the next three days in Myrtle Beach, playing two games a day. Monday's slate includes Wilkes at 11:30 and Chatham at 3:30.
EMU 12, Lehman 1
Alia Miller (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) started on the mound for the Royals, earning two of her nine strikeouts off the bat in the top of the first.
From there, the bats took over. Danielle Brenneman (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) and Tiffani Shaheen (Fluvanna, Va./Fluvanna County) put themselves in scoring position after getting on base and a couple of steals. After Brenneman tagged home, Makayla Morris (Standardsville, Va./William Monroe) then singled and stole second with Shaheen advancing to third. Sydney Reath (Williamsburg, Va./Mercersburg Academy) reached first on an error, with Morris advancing to third and Shaheen making it 2-1. Beck Hoskins (Danville, Va./Westover Christian Academy) grounded out to second base, which sent Morris home, 3-1.
EMU grabbed three more runs in the bottom of the third, 6-1, as Shaheen, Morris, and Reath scored unearned.
The Lions earned their second hit of the day, in between three more strikeouts, amking it another quick inning for the Royals' defense.
In the bottom of the fourth, EMU put the game out of reach scoring six more times, en route to a final score of 12-1.
Miller (1-0) earned the complete game win from the circle, striking out nine. From behind the plate, she added 2 RBIs and one run. Shaheen and Morris each accounted for three runs, while Reath had two, and Brenneman, Taylor Hensley (Orange, Va./Orange County) and Deborah Black (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) each added a run.
EMU 9, Penn St.-Harrisburg 0
The bats continued to go to work in Saturday's afternoon game, as the Royals came out on top after earning 15 hits and not allowing a run for PSU-H.
The Lions offense struggled to find gaps to the Royals defense, despite several hard hits. PSU-H's second inning double put them in scoring position, but the runner was left on base and the Royals struck in the third inning to build an advantage the Lions could not recover from.
Brenneman, Morris and Reath each went 2-for-4 and combined for four runs. Shaheen had 2 RBIs off of three hits and added a run. Miller, Hoskins, and Sam Breeden (Aroda, Va./Madison County) and Michaela Nichols (Luray, Va./Luray) each added one run.
Reath earned the win after striking out four and allowing only one hit.
EMU 11, La Roche 1
The Royals scored eight runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning. Hoskins and Miller each finished with 3 RBIs off a pair of hits, and combined for three runs.
Kelsi Martin (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) pitched for EMU, coming up with the win after allowing only three hits and one run, while striking out six.
EMU 9, King's (Pa.) 0
Wrapping up the weekend on a high note, the women found their runs early on, scoring five in the first inning, one in the second, and two in the third. Hoskins was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs, and added two runs. Erin Rockwell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) also accounted for 2 RBIs and a pair of runs.
Miller (2-0) gave up three hits and struck out five.