GENOA – Payton Yanes was dominant in the circle again, and the Rock Falls Rockets stayed unbeaten in Big Northern play with an 11-0, five-inning win at Genoa-Kingston on Thursday afternoon.
Yanes allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in a complete game.
“It’s just so much fun to be on the field when everything is clicking and everyone is working together and having a good time,” Yanes said.
Yanes also swatted a triple and a double, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Rockets (8-1, 6-0 Big Northern) batted around in the second inning, scoring five runs to put the game out of reach.
“I think the key to our offense and the key to our defense both, honestly, is that they’re a good group of girls and they work really, really well together,” Rockets coach Kris Smith said. “They’re just kind of a small, but mighty cohesive unit.”
The Rockets scored one run in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth.
Cogs starting pitcher Ashley Clemente lasted only two innings, giving up six runs and striking out three, but she stayed positive despite the outcome.
“I try not to get down, because that is the worst thing you can do ever,” Clemente said. “You always want to pump your team up no matter what. The second you get down, it’s just downhill from there.”
Leea Perry led off the game with a triple for Genoa-Kingston (2-5, 1-3), but that was the sole hit off of Yanes.
“Leea getting off with a triple to get us started,” Cogs coach Mike Lauer said. “I thought that might help us get going, but they’re really loaded. Rock Falls is a nice team.”
Despite the loss, Lauer saw some positives.
“It gives us an idea of where we need to get to,” Lauer said. “We’ve got to compete with teams like that in the end.”