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Lady Lions smack five home runs

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Amber Hume and Elyssa Imler both went deep in powering Minerva past Claymont in a season-opening softball game.

Hume connected for a two-run homer in the first inning. She finished with four hits and three RBIs.

Imler, a freshman, smacked a two-run dinger in the second inning in her first varsity plate appearance.

Kiaunna Brown collected two hits, a stolen base and scored two runs; Mady Phillips singled, doubled and drove in a run; and Gabby Street had two hits.

Lauren Frigyes earned the win on the mound, giving up one run on four hits.

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"Our offense had a lot of spark today," commented Head Coach Nicole Hilliard. "Thirteen hits is tough to beat when combined with a solid defensive effort that our girls gave today. Lauren and Kiaunna did a great job handling the Claymont batters."

West Branch - 17

Minerva - 2

It was a tough day for the Lady Lions as they ran into a very tough West Branch squad.

The lone bright spot for Minerva was a solo home run from Olivia Kamph in the second inning.

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"West Branch is a very well-rounded team," noted Coach Hilliard. "They are very aggressive at The plate and have strong defense and pitching. We had a few hits taken away on great plays and struggled to get base runners on after the second inning."

Minerva - 17

New Philadelphia - 2

Frigyes allowed just one earned run in five innings of work and the Lady Lions scored a season-high 17 runs during a non-conference win over visiting New Philadelphia.

Frigyes gave up just four hits, striking out two.

Offensively, Phillips and Street each connected for two-run homers; Brown had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored; and Aubrey Stafford collected two hits, drove in five runs, and scored twice.

"Today was a great team effort," stated Coach Hilliard. "Our defense settled in after the first inning and did an excellent job. Offensively as a team we had 20 quality plate appearances. The girls were very aggressive at attacking pitches in their zone, and showed great patience when they were not.

"Lauren pitched a very nice game, giving up just four hits. She is doing a really nice job keeping batters off balance."

Minerva will travel to Canton South today (April 6); and host Tusky Valley for a double header this Saturday, April 8, and Louisville on Tuesday, April 11.


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