“Struggling” Moody still dominates West Side

“Struggling” Moody still dominates West Side

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“Struggling” Moody still dominates West Side

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Harrison defeated West Lafayette 22-2 in five innings

Harrison defeated West Lafayette 22-2 in five innings

Even on an off night by her standards, Kaitlynn Moody and Harrison posted a dominant victory.

Harrison pounded out 24 hits and Moody didn’t allow a hit until the fifth and final inning of a 22-2 victory over West Lafayette at the Salisbury Athletic Complex on Friday.

Moody allowed only one hit — Kylie Martin’s infield single between first and second base leading off the fifth. Moody also went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs.

But to hear the senior tell it, all credit should go to her teammates.

“I knew I was struggling the whole game out there but I knew my defense was behind me,” said Moody, who did allow two runs on wild pitches in the fifth. “I didn’t get the no-hitter, but I’m fine with that as long as we got the job done.

“Offensively, I knew that I’ve been hitting the ball all season, but all through our lineup, everyone’s been hitting the ball well.”

Harrison coach Dick Mitchell, though, was not shy about singing Moody’s praises after the game.

“To me, there’s not a better pitcher in the state than Kaitlynn,” Mitchell said. “When Miss Moody is in the circle, good things just seem to happen to us and our bats really came alive behind her. We’ve been waiting for that for the past couple of games now, so it was nice to see that happen, especially against a solid team like West Lafayette.”

The Red Devils (18-7) entered with the reputation as the team with big bats. But Harrison (17-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a five-run second inning.

West Lafayette could have limited Harrison to two runs in the second inning, but a two-out error on a Katie Knox grounder allowed a run to score. Moody and Kalyn Revord followed with run-scoring singles off West Side starter Devin Hainje.

“I actually thought we had some pretty good at-bats tonight, but I was more concerned about our defense,” West Lafayette coach Chauncey Stacy said. “I think after that error it was a momentum-switcher in the game and it was over.”

The Raiders added seven runs in the third and eight more in the fourth inning.

Kaeley Hallada, Harrison’s No. 9 hitter, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Knox, Revord and Shaileen Johnson had multi-hit games as well.

“We knew that they were a very good hitting team and they’ve 10-run ruled a lot of teams this season,” Mitchell said. “We’ve looked at their stats and knew what they could do, but we still felt pretty good with Moody.

“What we didn’t expect was us getting 24 hits. We didn’t see that coming.”

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