After falling behind early, Greencastle softball's pitching and defense tightened up Saturday and let the offense take over. The Tiger Cubs scored 11 unanswered runs to defeat Eminence 11-2.
After Eminence went up 2-0 in the first, GHS came back with a pair of runs of their own.
Starting pitcher Hannah Spencer tossed perfect second and third innings before giving way to freshman Briana Baker, who allowed only one base runner in her four innings of work. Baker picked up the victory for GHS.
With the pitching taking care of business, the GHS offense cut loose in the third and fourth innings, scoring five in the third and four in the fourth.
Veronica Sawyer led the Cubs' offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Becca Seahorn was 1-for-2 with three RBI.
Still, coach Dave Keller knows his team has room for improvement in the young season.
"We'll take the win, but we didn't play our best," Keller said. "Eminence made some good defensive plays that took us out of a couple of innings and then we helped them with several baserunning mistakes".
Keller also expressed, though, how proud he is of the progress the program has made in the last two seasons. GHS won one game two years ago and only five last year. To be off to a 3-1 start is more than he could have asked for when he took over the program last season.
"We have some things to work on, by all means, but wins at Greencastle have been few the last couple of years so we are happy with the 'W,'" Kelelr said. "For us to be 3-1 at this point is a big achievement, considering where we have come from in the last 2 years.
"If I didn't see any positives in the game then I would be a little more concerned but we did have a few bright spots," Keller continued. "We had a couple of key hits in the in the first and third innings that drove in a couple of runs that created the separation that we needed to win the game."
Keller is also extremely proud of his team's defense, which has committed just four errors in four games.
"Our pitching and catching has been a strong point for us, so now if we can get the bats going and eliminate our base running mistakes then I think we can be pretty decent. But again, we are a young team and it's early so we have some things we can work on at practice," Keller concluded.
The junior varsity really put on an offensive show, defeating Eminence 26-2.
Eminence 200 000 0 -- 2 2 4
Greencastle 205 400 X -- 11 8 1
Spencer, Baker (4) and Alspaugh (GHS).
WP -- Baker (2-1)
LP -- Rief.
Next game -- Greencastle visits Terre Haute South at 5 p.m. today.