The Rolla softball team (3-0, 1-0 OC) opened their Ozark Conference slate on Thursday with a trip to Parkview. The Lady Bulldogs made quick work of the Lady Vikings, needing just three innings to finish off the 15-0 win.
Rolla got going right off the bat, exploding for 10 runs in the top of the first inning. Emalee Grooms collected two hits in the opening frame with a triple and a single, both of which drove in runs. Chloe Wood and Lauren Moersch each had RBI doubles, while Moersch added another RBI on a bases loaded walk. Jordan Watkins added an RBI of her own in an explosive inning. Rolla quickly extended that lead to 15-0, ending the game in three innings on the mercy rule.
Watkins also tied the rubber for Rolla, allowing just one hit in three innings of work. She struck out six of the 10 batters she faced and finished the game with no walks on her way to the victory.
Offensively, Rolla had 13 hits in the win with Grooms and Wood each collecting multiple base knocks. Moersch, Makenzie McCarter, Riley Wassilak, Zoey Barr, Laney Hoffman, Reagan Reedy, Madison Mace, Kristynn Hufford, Keira Chrisco and Fiona Giddens all added hits in the blowout win.
The JV also had a great game for the Lady Bulldogs, winning 8-3. Sierra Spencer, Callie Harmon and Wassilak combined for the win on the mound. Offensively, Rolla totaled eight hits with McCarter, Wassilak and Bailey Pierce each recording multiple base knocks. Sheradyn Kartchner and Hoffman each added hits, as well.
"Great week offensively for the Rolla Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs will see lots of opportunities next week as we take on 9 games one pitch at a time. Proud of the teamwork and hard work portrayed by the entire roster," said head coach Jessika Zink Cook. "Finishing the week with our first conference game and win, proud of each Lady Bulldog! We will continue to raise the intensity as we strive for improvement each and every day."
Rolla was slated to play in the Ozark Fall Festival Tournament this weekend, but it was postponed to next weekend due to concerns with the weather. The Lady Bulldogs will then kick off their busy week with another Ozark Conference rival with the newest team, Springfield Central on Tuesday, Sept. 11.