STRUTHERS, OH- The Salem Quakers jumped out of the gate with a 13 run first inning. Hayden Carner & Jessica Slocum each homered in the first. For both these young ladies, it was their first career home run. Every Quakers in the lineup had at least one hit in the victory.
Madison Markovich and Elly Exline each doubled and singled. Taylor Thorpe and Jess Slocum had two hits apiece. Brooke Veglia, Jenna McClish, Meg Rossero, and Bailee Thorn each singled. Thorn also stole two bases while Alyssa Bricker, Elly Exline, Rylie Troy, and Brooke Veglia added a stolen base each. Sara Castles reached base in her at-bat.
Rylie Troy went 4 innings in the circle for the Quakers. The freshman struck out 5, allowed 0 earned runs and walked just 1. She showed great poise and composure throughout. Taylor Thorpe got the start and gritted through the leg injury pitching one shutout inning with a K.
Jessica Slocum shot down two runners attempting extra bases from her centerfield position. Bailee Thorn (SS) made a fantastic sprinting catch on a soft liner up the middle. As impressive was Jenna McClish’s (2B) leaping attempt (all air and dirt) behind Bailee. It’s quite possible both girls could have caught the would be single, showing impressive range.
The Lady Quakers will return home Tuesday to battle Carrollton.
*Contributed by Mike Thorpe