DANSVILLE — In what was the last game before each team takes off for a week for spring break, the Dansville Mustangs dominated the softball field en route to a 17-0 win over Hornell Thursday evening at Babcock Park.
“The girls are playing well together as a team right now. The team chemistry is great, and its been great all season long. The girls have really been working hard so far, and they deserve a nice spring break,” said Dansville coach Carrie Troll.
Jillian Schramm was sensational in the circle, and it was her solid performance that led to such a big win. Schramm lasted all five innings, allowing no runs on just one hit while striking out six batters. Schramm was also 1-for-1 at the plate, scoring two runs with three walks.
“Jillian is a competitor. She wants to win and she works really hard in the offseason. She is always the first one coming in to practices. She’s there in the summer, she’s there on Sundays. She’s always trying to figure out ways to win,” said Troll.
Neither team got on the board in the first inning, but the Mustangs opened things up in the home half of the second. Dansville scored five runs thanks to hits from Katelin Everman, Taylor Mann and Jenna George. Cheyanne Gilmer, Morgan Faila and Schramm all worked walks in the inning, leading to runs scored by Faila, Gilmer, Simms, George and Everman.
Katelin Everman kept things going in the third inning when she led off with a triple. She scored moments later when Jenna George put an RBI single into the outfield, giving Danville the 6-0 lead.
The Lady Mustangs offense then exploded over the fourth and fifth innings in order to end the game after five. Dansville scored six more runs in the fourth, and then put on five more in the fifth to bring the game to its 17-0 conclusion. The final runs of the game came thanks to George, who capped off a great day with a three RBI, walk-off homerun.
George finished the day 3-for-3 with one homer, two singles, two runs, three walks and four RBI. Everman also had a great day, finishing 3-for-5 with a triple, two singles and four runs scored.
“It all comes from practice and preparation. They have been working really hard in the gym and the rare chance we’ve gotten on the field, and it’s nice to see things coming together like this early in the season,” said Troll.
Julia Day got the start in the circle for the Red Raiders. She was given the loss in a complete game, striking out seven batters.
Dansville (3-1) is now off until Apr. 23, when it travels to Livonia for a big LCAA matchup. Hornell (0-5) is back in action on Apr. 22 when it travels to Bath to play the Haverling Rams at 4:30 p.m.
Hornell 000 00 — 0 1 3
Dansville 051 65 — 17 10 0
Hornell: Julia Day (LP) and Alizea James.
Dansville: Jillian Schramm (WP) and Mackenzie Johnson-Boser.