With one swing of her bat, Gabby Saldivar set the tone for the Boyd Lady Jackets Monday afternoon against Millsap. Saldivar’s grand slam in the bottom of the first inning gave Boyd a lead they would never relinquish.
A six-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth put the final touches on a 12-2 Lady Jacket (12-7, 2-0) victory.
Millsap jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a two-run first inning home run by Kaley Ledford, but Boyd immediately responded.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Taylor Young walked, followed by a Chandler Hammon single. Then Chelsea Arlington loaded the bases with another single.
Saldivar stepped up with the bases loaded and launched the first pitch she saw over the center field wall, to give Boyd a 4-2 advantage.
“I knew if we got down early we would have a chance to get back in it,” Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said.
In the bottom of the second the Lady Jackets would add, to their lead when Young came across on a fielder’s choice RBI by Arlington. Saldivar followed with her fifth RBI of the game with a sharp single to left, making the score 6-2.
Arlington shut down the Lady Bulldogs the rest of the way, going all six innings and striking out eight.
Boyd’s offense struggled to get anything going in the middle innings, squandering numerous opportunities.
That all changed in the sixth.
After Savannah Foster was hit by a pitch, Young reached base for the fourth time with a two-run homer to left. The blast moved the Lady Jackets’ advantage to 8-2.
Boyd plated four more runs to end the game early due to the mercy rule.
“She was throwing it up there for us to hit, and we weren’t jumping on the ball,” Hopkins said. “We finally started hitting, and those hits that didn’t have eyes early started to find some holes.
“Defensively we played well and got a good pitching performance out of Chelsea Arlington.”
On Friday, Boyd defeated Peaster 18-1. Foster and Hammon each had four hits and three RBI’s. Arlington picked up three hits. Saldivar and Howard both had two hits.
Boyd was set to play Ponder on Tuesday and will travel to Alvord March 19.