Wednesday afternoon brought two more victories to Eagles ball teams as they swept Oyster River at the Kennett home fields in Redstone. Softball powered to a 12-0 win and baseball prevailed by 7-1.
Coach Pete Ames' softball nine rode their home run bats to a single game record during Ames' tenure, four home runs in one game, as they improved to 10 wins and two losses on the season, good for fourth place in NHIAA Division II standings. After a slow start with a scratch run by Erin Milford in the first inning and a Lauren White long ball in the fourth, the Eagles broke the game wide open in the fifth, scoring nine runs, including home runs by Kaylin Samia, Ashley Smith, and White with her second of the game.
Meanwhile on the mound for Kennett, Shelby Hill provided a gem, hurling a perfect game through five innings and only losing her no-hitter on a bloop single in the sixth inning.
Ames characterized his teams' game as a bit slow to start, with the Oyster River pitcher keeping the Eagles off balance at the plate in the early going. Once Kennett hitters shook off cobwebs from rained out Tuesday practice, "they finally broke through and turned in a solid game. The defense played well with no errors and two or three nice infield plays."
On the baseball diamond, the Eagles jumped to an early lead when Josh Drew cleared the bases with a long double in the third inning to give the Eagles a 3-0 edge and all the runs they would need. Billy Chick added a key hit to bring home two insurance runs in the fourth.
Junior Nick Massa cruised to his sixth victory on the mound, yielding just four hits and striking out six. According to Coach Bob Burns, Massa "was in complete charge the whole game. Oyster River brought home their only run, unearned, on a throwing error in the seventh. That was the only Eagles error of the game." The Eagles bats connected for only seven hits, but "each hit was a timely one," according to Burns.
Kennett baseball improved its record to eight wins and three losses, seventh place in the standings.
Both ball teams were hopeful to get in key games at tough Berlin opponents on Thursday (results not know as of press time). The baseball team has a rare Saturday matinee, hosting Plymouth at 1:30. Dedication of Bob Burns Baseball Field will take place in pregame ceremonies at around one o'clock.