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Boyd hammers Maypearl; Lady Jackets collect 21 hits in game one victory

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 26, 2014

Boyd catcher Savannah Foster hammered the first pitch of the game for a base hit Thursday night, and the Lady Yellowjackets’ bats never slowed down.

MAKING A CONNECTION – Boyd’s Payton Salmon makes contact with a pitch during the Lady Yellowjackets’ win over Maypearl Thursday in Aledo. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

The Lady Yellowjackets (23-6) pounded out 21 hits, routing Maypearl 16-7 in game one of their Class 2A Region II bi-district series at Aledo High School.

“We set the tone a bit. But tomorrow can be different,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “[Maypearl] can put pressure on you and play good defense. We just hit the ball where they weren’t today and made good contact.”

Game two of the series was set for Friday at Weatherford College. If necessary, the third game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Aledo.

Seventh-hole hitter Amber Bowen led the Boyd attack, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

“Her one out was a deep fly ball to center field that would have been out at any other park,” Hopkins said.

Foster and Brittney Howard added two doubles each and drove in three runs apiece. Foster finished 3-for-6. Howard went 3-for-5.

The Lady Yellowjackets did most of their damage in the fourth inning. With two out and a runner on first, Boyd started hitting and didn’t stop until they had plated 12 runs.

“We just strung together singles,” Hopkins said.

The 12-run outburst put Boyd up 14-0.

Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington held Maypearl hitless through the first three innings. Maypearl scratched out a few hits in the bottom of the fourth and scored six to pull within 8 at 14-6.

Arlington allowed seven runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked three in seven innings of work.

“She pitched well. There was that one inning where they scored six,” Hopkins said. “They got a couple of hits and she walked a couple.”

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