STERLING – Morrison’s softball team didn’t really need much help in its matchup against Newman on Monday, but received some anyway.
The result was a 7-0 victory for the Fillies, who were aided by three Comet errors which resulted in three unearned runs.
“We were just a step slow tonight,” Newman coach Rick Turnroth said, “and needed to bring a higher level of intensity to the game than we brought tonight. You’re not going to get away with that against Morrison. They’re just too good.”
Morrison (9-2, 5-0 Three Rivers) was kept off the scoreboard until the third inning, when it scored four runs. The key hits were a run-scoring double by Allie Wiersema and an RBI single by Chelsea Eads.
Newman (4-2, 4-2) could have escaped further damage, but a dropped throw on what would have been the third out of the inning by first baseman Margaret Cain allowed two more runs to score.
Two more Newman errors in the fourth inning resulted in a run.
The Fillies capped off the scoring with a two-run single by Eads in the seventh.
Eads went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead an 11-hit Morrison attack against Newman starter Laura Turnroth (4-2). As the game wore on, Eads noted, the Fillies got more and more comfortable at the plate.
“It takes a while to get used to the pitcher,” Eads said. “She was a little bit different, but once everyone went through and saw her once, that’s when we broke through. Coach [Tammy Deter] was even telling us we were going to break through after we saw her, and we did.”
Wiersema (8-2) went the distance, allowing three hits while striking out nine. She extricated herself from a pair of small jams.
In the fourth inning, Newman’s Mary Alice Oswalt and Jenna Stevens reached on two-out singles, but Julie Hurd struck out to end the inning.
In the fifth, Erin Pasley reached on a two-base error by Morrison third baseman Rachel Davis, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Maddie Newman. Wiersema then struck out Abigayle Ammon to end the threat.
“She did a great job,” Deter said of Wiersema. “She was moving her pitches, and the pitches were working for her tonight. She’s been getting stronger, and I just hope it continues.”
Star of the game: Allie Wiersema (M), 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 9 SO
Key performers: Chelsea Eads (M), 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 R; Jenna Stevens (N), 2-for-3
Up next: Morrison at Fulton, 4:30 today; Newman at Bureau Valley, 4:30 Wednesday