After two straight rain-outs, St. Marys Hawkins Cabinetry Mites took to the diamond at Teddy’s Field as they hosted Shakespeare in fastball action last Wednesday.
Taking the mound was Natalie Johnston, who despite giving up a lead-off home run and two walks, settled in nicely and struck out three in a row.
In the bottom of the first, Chantel Johns started things off with a walk and quickly stole second, then third, but was left stranded as St. Marys closed out the inning down 1–0.
Shakespeare added a run in the top of the second to take a 2–0 lead, but in the bottom of the inning the home team came alive.
With one out, Lauren Gracey drew a walk and stole second. Anna Standeaven also took a base-on-ball, allowing her and Gracey to combine for a double steal to leave runners at second and third.
Kaylee Fowler picked up an RBI single as did Kaitlyn Deboer. Shaylynn Ainslie followed with a triple, driving in two more runs. Johns then earned her second walk of the game. Sarah Lynch struck out, bringing Avery Aarts to the plate who blasted a ball down the right-field line for a triple.
Unfortunately, only one of the two runs were allowed to score as the Mites reached their five-run maximum per inning. It left the Hawkins crew with a 5-2 advantage on the scoreboard.
Julia Cameron came on to pitch the top of the third and struck out the side to maintain the three-run cushion for St. Marys. Shakespeare also changed pitchers in the bottom of the third and not to be outdone, also struck out three to keep the game at 5–2.
In the top of the fourth, three walks and a hit batter contributed to a five-run inning as Shakespeare grabbed a 7–5 lead. St. Marys was held scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
The top of the fifth saw Shakespeare lead off with their second home run of the night to give them a little breathing room at 8–5.
In the bottom of the fifth, a promising inning unfolded as St. Marys had the bases loaded with only one out. Unfortunately, they were all left stranded as the game ended on two strikeouts.
Upcoming: Next action for the Hawkins Mites is Monday, June 30 as they travel to Exeter.