Catcher Kenzie Glover started it by blasting a solo home run to dead center field in the bottom of the first.
The rest of Calvary’s offense followed suit, and the No. 8 Lady Cavaliers softball team routed No. 25 Runnels for a 15-3 run-rule win in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs Monday at Calvary Baptist Academy.
“The pitch was right down the middle, and it felt good,” said Glover, who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks. “I knew it was out after I saw it come off the bat. It was an exciting feeling to see my teammates waiting for me at home plate. It’s important to get it started like that.”
Marissa Reed gave Calvary (15-10) a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a three-run, inside-the-park home run. The Lady Cavaliers scored multiple runs in all four of their plate appearances.
“We always preach score first, win every inning, and stay on top,” Calvary coach Tiffany Frazier said. “Of course, scoring those four runs in the first inning gave our kids a lot of confidence going into the later innings. We’ve talked about keeping it going through the whole game.”
Calvary added two runs to its lead in the bottom of the second when Glover drove in Sydney Matthews and Tiffany Williams doubled to score Glover.
The Lady Cavaliers scored twice more for an 8-0 lead after the third inning.
After Runnels put a run on the board in the top of the fourth, the Lady Cavaliers put the game away with a seven-run fourth.
“We talked about how Runnels could come back, so that first inning wasn’t enough,” Frazier said. “We wanted to keep going, not give in at all.”
Christy Fontenot scored Calvary’s first run in the fourth on an error. Matthews followed with a two-RBI double, Paige Gipson and Tara Irvin each had RBI singles in the fourth, and Williams drove in the other two runs with a double.
“We were all seeing the ball really well,” Glover said. “I’m very pumped about moving on.”
Irvin picked up the win for Calvary. Runnels scored twice in the top of the fifth but couldn’t extend the game because of the 10-run rule.
“That’s the thing we strive for, to keep going and keep pushing,” Frazier said. “We preach, don’t give in. We have to be ready to play seven innings and keep going until it’s done.”
Calvary will play No. 24 Winnfield, which beat No. 9 Delcambre, in the second round.
“Every game gets tougher, so we will come back in and start preparing Tuesday and Wednesday,” Frazier said. “We want to play every out, every inning 100 percent.”