FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind.
About 4:50 p.m. Thursday, the Tri-Eastern Conference varsity softball season began for visiting Centerville and host Northeastern.
A little more than 2 hours later, the Bulldogs closed out a solid victory and second straight win of a weather-hampered season.
Scoring multiple runs in each of the first three innings, the Bulldogs sprung out to an 8-1 lead, then coasted to an 11-2 win over the host Knights.
By winning, the Bulldogs won a second straight game to move to 2-1 on the season, while a very young Northeastern squad dropped to 0-3.
Timely hitting by Centerville was exacerbated by Northeastern fielding miscues as the visitors scored twice in the top of the first inning, four times in the second, then two more tallies in the third.
Coming back from a knee injury, Bulldog sophomore hurler Lauren Honkomp was solid in the circle with a complete-game win, including 10 strikeouts.
“We had a lot of girls accomplish a lot of things tonight,” said Centerville coach Avon Miller. “The team really hit the ball. All the girls played really well. There wasn’t any single standout.”
Destiny Maitlen had a two-run double for Centerville in the second-inning rally, while Amanda Wilson finished the scoring in the inning with a run-scoring single. Mallory Adams had an RBI single in the third, and junior catcher Alexis Cox recorded an RBI double in the fifth.
The last two Bulldog runs crossed on a final Northeastern error with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
“They have some talent,” Miller said of the host Knights.
New Northeastern head coach Geoff Williams had praise for the Centerville team, and was far from down about his club.
“Centerville is a great hitting team, and we can’t help them with errors and have a chance in the game,” Williams said. “On offense, we had some chances, but we have to take advantage of opportunities, and we couldn’t do that in this game.”
Northeastern’s young roster includes seven freshmen among 12 players.
“Just as our players have to grow as players, I have to grow as a coach, and we are going to work to correct our mistakes and make that happen,” Williams said. “I am very confident in this team, and I think we’re going to be as good as anybody in the area as this season goes on.”
One of those five starting freshmen, third baseman Katlyn Williams, had a long home run to center field in the second inning.