North’s offense hit its stride in a 10-0 win at Mayfield on Friday.
Led by Jess Dodd, who hit a home run, and Julianna Augusta, who was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, the Rangers pounded out 15 hits in the five-inning win.
“Today was the third time this season we have had 15 or more hits in a game,” North coach Taylor Braddock said. “We are hitting it hard to all fields right now, 1-9. The girls are taking great approaches at the plate.”
Augusta led off the game with a double and scored on a groundout to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead.
They added a second run in the top of the second when Megan Zaleski singled and scored on Ashlee Kronik’s base hit.
Adri George drew a leadoff walk in the third and Dodd made the Wildcats pay when she tattooed the first pitch she saw over the fence in right center.
“Coach Taylor asked me please pull the ball and it was the please that got me to do it,” Dodd joked. “I was on deck and coach Tom (Braddock) helped me visualize me pulling the ball; i’s what I’ve been working on for over a year. I then walked to the box, looked at coach Taylor and looked out, took a deep breath, and told myself I can do it. I got into the box, it was a perfect first pitch and I just cleared my head and swung the bat. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone.”
Hannah Harris singled and scored on Zaleski’s two-out single to increase the North lead to 5-0.
Kronik, Augusta, George and Dodd all singled to start the Ranger fifth. Hailie Wilson then reached on a fielder’s choice and Harris hit a two-run double. Wilson scored on an error to make it 9-0.
Augusta hit a two-out triple in the fifth and scored on an error to invoke the run rule.
Kirsten Luksic picked up the pitching victory for the Rangers as she shutout the Wildcats and allowed just three hits and struck out three in the five-inning complete game.
“Kirsten had her best game staying ahead in the count and putting the hitters away tonight,” Braddock said. “Kirsten and Olivia (Augusta) seem to want to one-up each other on the mound. It’s fun to watch them compete.”