By Quint Turner
The Maverick softball team knocked off the Shorewood Thunderbirds 8-1 thanks to the bats of Lily Paschal, Alyssa Reuble and Kylee Studioso. However, Studioso can do more than hit, she can throw. Striking out the side twice, she was able to shut down the T-Bird hitters until the seventh. She also drove in a run on a double.
The first inning started with Studioso being Studioso. She struck out the side easily to give her team a chance to take the lead. After a lead-off single from Shannon Haukap, Paschal hit a double that would lead to a triple and an RBI when Shorewood right fielder Stephanie Host threw the ball over catcher Celine Olrich. A walk and a steal led to runners on second and third with no outs, but pitcher Monica Eik shut down the Mavericks and prevented any more damage. The Mavs would lead 1-0 at the end of the first.
The T-Birds got a one-out walk, followed by a single and another walk to load the bases, but Studioso got two huge strikeouts to preserve the lead. The Mavs would then get a two-out walk, followed by a steal and a Haukap single, followed by another fielding error that allowed Nicole Steg to score. Paschal would drive Haukap home on a single, making it 3-0.
The T-Birds had a decent scoring chance in the third with runners on first and second with two outs, but Studioso struck out Kendra Holley to end the ining. The Mavs were able to two more runs in the fourth, including an RBI single by Reuble that made it 5-0.
The bottom half of the sixth featured a leadoff single by Haukap, who stole second, then scored on an RBI single by Paschal. Studioso then hit a double on a line drive down the left-field line to score Paschal, and she would score to make it an 8-1 game after coming home on a wild pitch. The T-Birds would score in the seventh when Kelsey Jans walked and subsequently scored after a wild pitch followed by a fielding error.
The Mavericks’ next game is Tuesday at home vs. Glacier Peak, at 3:30 p.m.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.