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Monica Starre leads Carrollton softball team to 13-1 rout over Salem

FPS staff report

You just can’t beat Mother Nature.

Due to rain last week, the Carrollton softball team only got two games in, which they split to bring their season record to 7-10 for the year and 3-5 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.

Last Thursday, junior second baseman Monica Starre pounded out four hits and drove in five runs to lead the Lady Warriors to a 13-1 rout of the Salem Quakers at Salem in five innings.

Carrollton put this game away early, scoring three times in the first, a single run in the second, three more in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The Quakers lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Carrollton senior Morgan Hepner added three hits, a pair of RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored.

Freshman Kaitlyn Shine also added three hits, a RBI and two runs scored. Tabitha Beadnell and Brenna Campbell chipped in with a pair of hits and a RBI each.

The Warriors out-hit the Quakers 19-3.

Campbell also got the win on the mound. She scattered three hits, struck out three and walked three.

Last Friday Carrollton found the going a little tougher as they fell to visiting Dover 6-2.

The game was tied at 2-2 after two innings, but the Tornadoes took control in the third with a single run, added two in the fourth and a run in the fifth.

The Warriors’ two runs came in the bottom of the second inning.

Hepner had two of the Warriors’ four hits in the game plus a run scored. Starre and Beadnell had the Warriors’ other hits.

Kaitlin Wells started and took the loss. She pitched well enough to get a win, but the Warrior defense committed some costly errors behind her. She scattered eight hits over seven innings with only two earned runs, while walking four.

Carrollton was to be at Indian Creek Monday, at home against Canton South on Tuesday and host Louisville on Wednesday. They will travel to Louisville on Thursday.

Next week, in regular season action, the Lady Warriors will host Minerva on Tuesday and end their regular season on Thursday at Alliance.

Carrollton will begin sectional tournament play Monday in the Carrollton Division II sectional against New Philadelphia at the Field of Dreams at 5 p.m.

Dover received the No. 1 seed with Minerva No. 2, East Liverpool No. 3 and Carrollton No. 4.

The sectional final will be held May 15 at 5 p.m.

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