Softball: Mother McAuley rolls past Regina
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media March 28, 2013 4:20PM
Updated: March 28, 2013 9:38PM
Regina coach Jim Goranson has seen plenty of games this season at the Rosemont Dome. He does, in fact, most of the scheduling for the complex.
So before the start of his team’s game Thursday against No. 6 Mother McAuley, Goranson told Mighty Macs coach Colleen Kilduff that he’s seen only a few balls hit out of the two fields, which hold dimensions of 235 feet to center and 210 down the lines.
Thursday, he saw a few more.
The Macs brought the big lumber, pounding out 12 hits, including two home runs, in its 12-1 win in five innings over the Panthers.
“The kids saw some real softball,” Goranson said. “We have some kids who came here and never played ball before. But they always ask questions and keep wanting to learn the game. That’s all I can ask for.”
The Macs scored four in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run homer to left-center off the bat of Alex Brown (2-for-4, 4 RBI). Emily Powers, who just missed a homer in her first at bat, smoked a three-run triple to right-center in the second for a 7-0 lead. Powers was 2-for-2 with three RBI, her other hit a double.
“Alex really triggered the rest of the offense,” Powers said.
Pitcher Jess Alberts (2-0) was dealing for the Mighty Macs (2-0), striking out nine while throwing just nine balls during an efficient 50-pitch two-hitter.
“I like how we came out and jumped on their pitcher,” Kilduff said. “That was nice to (Brown) get that under her belt right away. (Alberts)has amazing accuracy and has every pitch in the book. She is a phenomenal pitcher who works really hard.”
Niki Richards and Sarah Baker accounted for the only run for the Panthers in the third when Baker drove in Richards on a bloop single to right.
The Macs recorded their first win on their field Tuesday against Mount Assisi.
“I wanted to get us ahead,” Brown said. “We’ve been working on contact and solid hits. I like to think that home runs happen on accident. It was a hard hit that just kept ascending.”