dominance: Sanders shuts down the Eagles offense in the Trojans 9-0 win over Carroll

Published 10:02 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pitcher Molly Kate Sanders (above) allowed no runs on one hit over seven innings against Carroll of Ozark while striking out nine.

Pitcher Molly Kate Sanders (above) allowed no runs on one hit over seven innings against Carroll of Ozark while striking out nine.

A stellar pitching performance from Molly Kate Sanders helped the Lady Trojans blank Carroll 9-0 on Tuesday.

“We played good and had good pitching and good defense,” said Trojans head coach Robin Snyder. “We had a great opportunity to get everyone in the game and everybody had a chance to play. It’s always good to get a win.”

Sanders pitched seven innings of one-hit ball without surrendering a run. She struck out nine batters with no walks.

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“I didn’t know I let up just one hit,” Sanders said. “I am happy. I haven’t pitched a lot this season because of my hip. I just threw the ball.”

Despite the injury, Snyder said Sanders was on point Tuesday.

“She was hitting her spots and trusting her defense,” Snyder said. “She made them hit the ball and put the ball in play. When she had to, she threw the right pitch and put it where it needed to be.”

The Trojans scored in five of their six plate appearances, including two three-run innings in the third and fourth.

The Eagles committed two costly errors in the first inning, allowing the Trojans to score the game’s first run. After Emma Kirkpatrick and Rose Snyder both grounded out to the shortstop, Sidney Armstrong reached third base after the Eagles failed to catch a pop fly. Tucker Earles drove in Armstrong after the Eagles once again missed a pop fly, this time in the infield.

The Trojans used the Eagles third error of the game to their advantage in the third inning. After Hope Freeswick reached second on an error in the outfield and Kirkpatrick reached second on a hit to the outfield, the Trojans got a single by Armstrong to score Freeswick; a walk by Lakin Turner to score Kirkpatrick; and a single by Lindsey Fox to drive in Rose Snyder to give the Trojans a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth.

For the second consecutive inning the Trojans loaded the bases in the fourth. They were able to gain a comfortable advantage after three runners scored. The big hit came off the bat of Earles when she doubled to score both Kirkpatrick and Snyder to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.

The Trojans closed out their scoring with runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Freeswick singled in Whitaka Lowery in the fifth and Lowery turned in a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Trojans a 9-0 lead heading into the seventh inning.

The Trojans finished with six hits on the night. Kirkpatrick, Snyder, Deizah Holland, Earles and Lowery all picked up hits for the Trojans.

The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday when travel to take on area foe Rehobeth with a chance at the area crown still to be played for.

“We have a big game coming up against Rehobeth, “Snyder said. “If we win that there is a good chance we can tie with them in the area. We are going to take this as a positive heading into Thursday.”