The Centreville softball squad was off to a 9-0 start this spring — its best in recent memory — but even home field advantage couldn’t help the Bulldogs as an even hotter Constantine team slugged its way past them 12-1 and 10-2 Wednesday afternoon to move to 14-1 on the year.
After two innings of scoreless ball in the early game, Constantine struck for five runs in the third and two more in the fourth to move ahead 7-0 before Centreville scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. The Falcons then added five more in the top of the fifth to round out the scoring.
Kim Maddox (3-for-3, 2 Runs, 8 RBI) went deep twice for her sixth and seventh homers in the last five games. The slugger started off the scoring with a three-run shot in the third and added another three-run dinger in the fifth. She also doubled in a pair of runs in the fourth for her other hit.
Kallie Sears (3-for-3, 3 Runs, 2 RBI) also doubled in the game for the Falcons, as did Bailey Rodewald (1-for-1, 1 Run, 2 RBI). Kloe Pettit and Walker each crossed the plate once, as Mercedes Cole (2-for-2, 3 Runs) added a pair of singles and Emily Mallo (1-for-2, Run) also singled for Constantine in the win.
Mallo also contributed greatly on the mound, holding Centreville hitters to just three singles, while tossing five complete innings and striking out one. Hannah Rice (1-for-1), Jaeden Blades (1-for-2, Run) and Olivia Deeds (1-for-1) picked up the hits for the Bulldogs and Skyler Demeyer was credited with the RBI, knocking in Blades on a sacrifice fly to right.
Emma Russell threw all five innings for Centreville, picking up her first loss of the year as the junior gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs, while walking three and striking out two.
Things didn’t get any easier in the second game for the Bulldogs as the Falcons jumped ahead 6-1 in the first two frames. Constantine added four insurance runs in the top of the fifth to ice the 10-2 victory.
Maddox stayed perfect from the plate, homering for the sixth consecutive game and hitting two singles as she posted another 3-for-3 outing with three more RBI. Also having multi-hit games for the Falcons was Sears (3-for-4), who tripled and hit two singles, scoring three runs, Kiara Price (2-for-3, Run, RBI), who doubled and singled, and Ragsdale (2-for-3), who had a pair of singles.
Also singling for Constantine was Macey Tulley (1-for-4, Run, RBI), Brianna Herrick (1-for-3, Run) and Walker (1-for-3). Rodewald registered an RBI on a sacrifice and Cole, who threw five complete innings, while scattering six hits and striking out four, added a run for the Falcons.
Centreville’s Mckenzie Sheteron also went the distance in the circle, yielding 13 hits, six earned runs and striking out two in the loss. Offensively, Sheteron (1-for-3) connected for a triple and scored. Makenzie Troyer (1-for-2) added a double and Demeyer (1-for-3, 2 RBI) added a single and knocked in both Bulldog runs as Deeds (1-for-2) and Kenleigh West Wing (1-for-2, Run) both reached safely on singles.
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