With the opening week of the softball season now in the books, the Lady Redbirds of Mayo Middle School are redhot, going 4-1 including an exciting win against Cumberland.
The Lady Redbirds, coached by Christina Clark, were able to ward off Cumberland in a 9-8 shootout.
After leading the first three innings of the game, the Mayo bats fell silent for an inning, allowing the Cumberland team to jump out to a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, however, Mackenzie Hofmann knocked a double into left field, driving in three runs in the process and tying the game.
Mayo never looked back, scoring once more in the fifth inning and twice again in the sixth. The Lady Redbirds then held off a late Cumberland rally in the seventh inning to secure the win.
Zoe Sanders led the Lady Redbirds in the circle, pitching four and one-third innings. She allowed six runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Mayo was led in hitting by Hofmann, Emma Kemper, Pip Phillippi, Kensley Cox and Caradan Hoffman. Each managed multiple hits in the contest.
Mayo 14, Tri-County 0
HUME — Mayo overwhelmed Tri-County on both sides of the ball to win a 14-0 contest Tuesday Aug. 7).
Mackenzie Hofmann and Peighton Smith shined in their pitching efforts to shut out their Tri-County foe.
Hofmann threw four innings, striking out seven batters while giving up only one hit. Smith finished the game for the Lady Redbirds with one inning of relief. She recorded the final three outs for the team.
The team was led offensively by the combined efforts of Emma Kemper, Kensley Cox, Pip Phillippi, Zoe Sanders, Caradan Hoffman and Stephanie Johnson, all who had hits in the game. Sanders also led the team with three RBI’s.
The Lady Titans showed their first game jitters, but stayed within striking distance of the Redbirds only down 5-0 after three innings. The fourth inning was the difference maker as Mayo used their experience to take advantage of some costly errors in the field both physically and mentally to score nine runs in the frame and never look back taking a 15-0 win via run rule in five innings.
The Titans managed only three hits on the day as the trio Kelsey Luth, Thaylee Barry and Mollie Pollock all went 1 for 2. Pollock added a stolen base on the offensive side. Luth went three plus innings in the start giving up seven hits and nine runs - three earned - while walking three and striking out three. Pollock went the final three innings in relief giving up three hits and five runs - one earned - while walking three and striking out two.
Mayo 15, Lawrenceville 1
The Lady Redbirds jumped out to a hot start in the first inning, driving in four runs and giving up only one to Lawerenceville. After that the Lady Redbirds really got it rolling as they rattled off 11 more runs in the game, winning decisively, 15-1.
Zoe Sanders secured the win for the team, pitching all six frames while merely allowing two hits and one run. She struck out 11 batters in the process.
To match their 15 runs, the Lady Redbirds notched 15 hits, with contributions coming from Emma Kemper, Kensley Cox, Peighton Smith, Mackenzie Hofmann, Caradan Hoffman, Stephanie Johnson, Pip Phillippi and Sanders. Kemper and Sanders drove in three RBI’s apiece in the contest as well.
Villa Grove 10, Mayo 6
After falling behind early against a talented Villa Grove team, the Mayo Redbirds mounted a comeback attempt that, in the end, just fell short.
After four innings the Lady Redbirds were down 7-1 with not much going their way. That changed in the fifth, however, when Pip Phillippi scored on a single to third base. Two more runs followed in the inning and another two in the top of the sixth. This pulled the Mayo team within one run with one more inning of offense to go. The Villa Grove team managed to rattle off three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead 10-6 and Mayo was unable to heal, dropping the contest.
Mackenzie Hofmann, Stephanie Johnson, Zoe Sanders, Emma kemper, Kensley Cox and Phillippi led the offensive unit for Mayo.
Zoe Sanders recorded the loss in the circle for the team, giving up four runs on five hits through one inning. Mackenzie Hofmann pitched five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.
Mayo 15, Blue Ridge 0
Mayo defeated over Blue Ridge with an impressive 15-0 shutout.
The contest took merely four innings to complete, with the Lady Redbird offense striking their opponent quickly.
Mayo scored seven runs in the first inning with Emma Kemper beginning the barrage. The second inning yielded two runs while the third and fourth gave way to three runs apiece.
Kensley Cox and Stephanie Johnson led the team in hitting with three and two hits each, respectively.
Mackenzie Hofmann was the star of the day, however, as she pitched a complete game shutout, allowing one hit in her four innings in the circle. Hofmann also added nine strikeouts to her resume, keeping the bases free of the Blue Ridge lineup.