There was no superstition around the new bat in the La Monte softball team’s dugout. The Lady Vikings wanted to break in their 2016 Louisville Slugger LXT right away. They bashed 12 hits and two home runs in a 15-1 victory over Smithton with their new power tool.
“It’s always fun when a brand new bat works,” said La Monte head coach Dabecka Kirk after the game. “I heard great things about the bat, and it finally came in yesterday … they decided they want to hit with it today, and it worked out for us.”
Maleiah Parker and Emily Knoernschild hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning for La Monte. Knoernschild also scored on a triple and an error in the fourth inning.
Lady Viking starter Madison Harris allowed one run on three hits and struck out eight in five innings.
Audrey Williams plated the lone Smithton run in the second on an RBI double.
Smithton 15, La Monte 4
Smithton baseball outlasted La Monte in a 15-4 victory on the road. After entering the third inning scoreless, the Tigers scored six runs in innings 3-5 and eight runs in the final two frames. The Vikings’ offense – and pitching staff – could not keep up.
Tigers head coach Bryan McClain said he was glad his team broke away from a close game to secure his first conference win as coach of Smithton.
“It was kind of streaky, but they kept putting it together,” McClain said. “It was good. First conference win, that’s huge!”
Smithton centerfielder Roman Boyko was picked off at first in the fourth inning, but helped plate the go-ahead run while caught in a rundown that lasted for several exchanges.
“He got me,” Boyko said. “He got me. I had stepped too far. I was just running. It got somebody home, and that’s all I needed. It helped.”
La Monte baseball and softball host Otterville at 5 p.m. Monday.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2