MAN — The Man High School softball team is rolling to start the 2016 season.
The Lady Billies improved to 4-0 with Tuesday’s 10-0 win at home over River View.
Man has yet to give up a run this season and have outscored its opponents 51-0.
The Lady Billies were led offensively by Savannah McCormack, who was 3-for-3 at the plate. Sydney Keffer was 2-for-3.
Haylee Daniels notched the win on the mound, facing nine batters, striking out four and allowing no hits. Emilee Walker came in the game in relief, striking out two and allowing one hit.
Daniels retired River View in order in the top of the first inning before Man took command in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back doubles off the bats of seniors McCormack and Emilee Toler.
Man plated another run with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0 in the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, the Lady Billies pushed two more runs across to increase the lead to 4-0. Junior first baseman Hunter Harvey and sophomore left fielder Morgan Muncy both were issued walks from River View pitcher Kaylen Lockhart to get things going.
McCormack then ripped a two-run double to left center to score both runs.
In the bottom of the third, Keffer led off with a double to right field but was gunned down at third as she tried to stretch it into a triple.
Senior third baseman and Chapmanville transfer Cydnee Lambert then reached on a throwing error, Hunter Harvey singled to right field and sophomore right fielder Madison Paynter walked to load the bases. River View was able to get out of the jam with a fielder’s choice.
In the fourth inning, Walker entered to pitch in relief of Daniels. At this point, the Lady Raiders mustered their only baserunner of the game when shortstop Kierston Roberts led off the inning with a bunt single. But that was all she wrote for the Raiders as the next three batters were retired.
In the bottom of the fourth, Man broke the game open by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs with the aid of six walks to evoke the mercy rule.
Man was scheduled to get back into action with Wednesday afternoon’s home game with Pikeview.
The Lady Billies then play at Scott on Friday for a 1:30 p.m. game before heading down Corridor G to play the Poca Dots at 5 p.m. in Chapmanville Regional High School’s Lady Tigers Invitational.
The Lady Billies will continue to see action at Chapmanville on Friday at 5 p.m. vs. Westide and at 8:30 p.m. against Class AA defending state champion Sissonville.
On Saturday, the Lady Billies wrap up their stint in Chapmanville as they take on Mingo Central at noon and Nicholas County at 4 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).