FARMINGTON — The Mineral Area softball team scored eight runs during the second inning, and increased its season-high win streak to seven games in the first game of a double-header on Friday.
Katie Bevins and Rebecca Hanquist each finished 2-for-3 offensively in a 12-3 victory over Williams Baptist, as sophomore Hannah Ghant scattered four hits in the circle while winning her fourth straight start.
Center fielder Emily Hanquist singled twice while catcher Meme Pruitt and third baseman Tory Smith reached base three times for the Lady Cardinals, who played their fifth twinbill in as many days.
Mineral Area collected two unearned runs on a two-out throwing error in the opening frame, then brought 14 batters to the plate against Williams Baptist starter Caribeth Friedman in the second.
Allyson Luce and Emily Hanquist stroked RBI singles before Melanie Hager’s two-run double to deep center, and Bevins followed with a RBI hit to create a 7-1 advantage ahead of two bases-loaded walks.
Ghant notched back-to-back strikeouts to strand runners at second and third in the fourth inning, and saw her outing abbreviated by run rule when Mineral Area tacked on two more during the home half.
Kristy Robertson homered to lead off the second inning for the Lady Eagles, who were restricted to using freshmen and sophomores. Courtney Newman doubled and scored on a RBI single from Courtney Weathers in the fourth.
Friedman recovered well from her loss in game one, and pitched Williams Baptist to a dominant 10-1 triumph in the second contest. She worked six innings and allowed an unearned run on five hits.
Tara Boyd went 2-for-4 and delivered the crucial hit in the fifth inning when her two-run double to left snapped a 1-1 tie with two outs. Robertson paced the Eagles by going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Mineral Area committed three errors behind pitcher Kallie Federhofer, who yielded 16 hits in defeat. Williams Baptist padded a 4-1 lead with two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh.
Bailey Thomas executed two sacrifice bunts and was among seven Lady Eagles with multiple hits. Gena Johnson totaled three RBI after her two-run double capped the scoring late.
The Lady Cardinals wasted a one-out double by Emily Hanquist in the first and leadoff single from Tristan Branch in the third. Friedman cruised through the bottom of the fifth by throwing just three pitches.
Pinch-hitter Miriah Korokis singled home Bevins in the fourth to account for the lone Mineral Area run. Erica Inman was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Williams Baptist won the overall season series after sweeping two games four weeks ago in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Williams Baptist 011 01 - 3 4 2
Mineral Area 280 2x - 12 10 2
WP - Hannah Ghant 7ip 3r 2er 4h 2k 1bb 1hp.
LP - Caribeth Friedman 1 1/3ip 9r 7er 7h 0k 2bb.
Williams Baptist - Courtney Weathers 1-2, Kristy Robertson 1-2, Kandess Pfitzner 1-2, Courtney Newman 1-2. 2b - Newman. HR - Robertson.
Mineral Area - Katie Bevins 2-3, Rebecca Hanquist 2-3, Emily Hanquist 2-4, Tory Smith 1-1, Meme Pruitt 1-1, Allyson Luce 1-3, Melanie Hager 1-4. 2b - Hager.
Williams Baptist 001 032 4 - 10 16 1
Mineral Area 000 100 0 - 1 5 3
WP - Caribeth Friedman 6ip 1r 0er 5h 2k 2bb.
LP - Kallie Federhofer 7ip 10r 7er 16h 2k 2bb.
Williams Baptist - Kristy Robertson 3-5, Bailey Thomas 2-3, Natalie Morgan 2-3, Briana Daugherty 2-3, Tara Boyd 2-4, Courtney Weathers 2-5, Gena Johnson 2-5, Brittany Morgan 1-4. 2b - Boyd, Robertson, Daugherty.
Mineral Area - Miriah Korokis 1-1, Kallie Federhofer 1-2, Erica Inman 1-2, Tristan Branch 1-3, Emily Hanquist 1-3. 2b - Hanquist.