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Brock hammers Boyd, 12-4

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets have piled up double-digit runs on their opponents in 13 of their 17 wins.

Monday night, the Lady Yellowjackets were on the other end as they couldn’t slow the Brock Lady Eagles’ bats.

Safe at Home

SAFE AT HOME – Brock’s Mikayla Smith slides in under the tag of Boyd catcher Savannah Foster during Brock’s 12-4 victory Monday at Boyd. Brock took over second place in 9-2A with the win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Brock pounded out 12 hits, including a pair of homers and three doubles in a 12-4 rout of the Lady Yellowjackets at Boyd.

“They were hitting the ball. Chelsea [Arlington] pitched well. They were just hitting the ball,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “You have to give them credit. They are a good team. They were in the region finals last year and returned a lot of people.”

The loss dropped Boyd (17-5, 4-2) to third place in District 9-2A at the end of the first round. Brock (17-5, 5-1) takes over a second place – a game back of league leader Ponder.

“This was one of the wins we needed,” said Brock coach Ryan Starnes.

Out of Reach

OUT OF REACH – Boyd second baseman Amber Bowen tries to corral a ground ball during the Lady Yellowjackets’ loss to Brock. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Krysten Marr led the way for Brock at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle where she struck out seven. Marr went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. She knocked in two with a bases-loaded double as part of a seven-run second inning for the Lady Eagles. Marr then smashed a two-run homer to center field in the fourth to put Brock up 9-1.

“She’s been working on her swing. She showed up tonight. Even on her outs, she hit the ball hard,” Starnes said.

Brock’s seven-run second started with a fielding error at second. Then after a sacrifice bunt, the next seven Brock hitters reached base. Maddie Cooper’s double – one of three in the inning for Brock – drove in the game’s first two runs.

“They hit the ball,” Arlington said. “I see them in select.

“It wasn’t just leaving the ball over the plate. After they fouled off several pitches, they were looking for certain pitches.”

Brock’s final three runs came courtesy of Jordin Albertson on a three-run homer that just cleared the right-center field fence in the top of the sixth.

Even after falling behind 7-0 in the second, Boyd had its opportunities to get back in the game, but left six runners on base.

“[Marr] can spin it good,” Hopkins said. “We were not staying on the ball. We kept popping the ball out. We’ve got to get that fixed.”

Boyd batters flew out 11 times, including six times on the infield.

“We have to adjust. We keep doing the same thing expecting different results,” Arlington said.

Payton Salmon, who went 2-for-3, singled and came around to score in the bottom of the second on a throwing error.

Arlington provided the Lady Yellowjackets’ other three runs on a fifth-inning home run to left-center field. Her fifth homer of the season brought home Savannah Foster, who doubled, and Britney Howard, who walked. The three runs cut Brock’s lead momentarily to 9-3 before Albertson returned the favor in the next half-inning.

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