Atascocita’s Lauryn Manning hits during Atascocita’s 13-0 victory over College Park on Feb. 24, 2015, at Atascocita High School.
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:54 pm
By Joshua Koch firstname.lastname@example.org
On the same night Atascocita renamed its home field in honor of former head coach James “Jimbo” Grotenhuis, who passed away in July from a heart attack, the Lady Eagles pieced together a performance that would have made him proud. The Lady Eagles (8-0, 1-0 in District 16-6A play) hammered out 13 runs on 14 hits en route to the 13-0 run-rule victory against the Lady Cavaliers. “Great job coming in with the girls, second time through (the lineup) we really started to swing the bat,” Atascocita head coach Ashley Boyd said. “When we get a couple of hits strung together they’re a hard team to stop hitting. I was proud of them to get the bats going, got some extra base hits, we were aggressive at the plate, all things that we want to see.”
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Lady Eagles came out in the second inning and capitalized on extra base knocks. Three doubles and a triple, paired with two singles started the merry-go-round on the bases, the Lady Eagles scoring five in the second, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. With a big lead in hand, Atascocita starting pitcher, Shelby McGlaun got into her groove. McGlaun (7-0) finished the game going five innings, allowing no runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out 10 in the win. “Pitching was great,” Boyd said. “Anytime you put up double digit K’s, especially in a shortened game we’re doing something right.” Atascocita continued to pour on the runs, scoring four in the third and three in the fourth en route to the 13-0 victory.
Lady Eagle centerfielder Madison Emswiler finished the game going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, while catcher Lauryn Manning went 2-for-2 with four RBIs. Atascocita designated player Kandace Johnson finished the night 1-for-2 with two RBIs on a home run.
Now the Lady Eagles prepare for Tomball, which comes to Atascocita High School on Friday. “We’ve just got to keep swinging the bat,” Boyd said about getting ready for Tomball. “As long as we can do that and find a day to get on our field because of the rain, but as long as the girls keep doing what we’re doing and we tighten up our defense, we’re looking forward to it.”