Haughs’ 5 RBIs, Watson’s 4 RBIs lead Rochester past Carroll
Rochester vs. Pioneer, Pioneer vs. Carroll rained out
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
FLORA –- Sydney Haughs doubled twice, walked twice and had five RBIs, and Kallie Watson went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored to lift the Rochester softball team to an 18-3 win in five innings over host Carroll (Flora) Saturday.
Mya Musselman allowed two runs over three innings for the win. Haughs finished with two hitless innings.
Rochester improved to 2-0. Carroll dropped to 0-5. Carroll has lost all of their games by the 10-run rule.
Kylie Coleman also had a pair of doubles, a walk and a sacrifice fly for RHS. Freshman second baseman Emma Sells had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Maddie Heinzmann singled, walked three times and scored three runs.
The Rochester-Carroll game was the only one game in the three-way doubleheader that was completed. The Rochester-Pioneer and Pioneer-Carroll games to follow were rained out.
Haughs’ two-run double and Carlee Blackburn’s RBI single gave the Lady Zs a 3-0 lead in the first.
“They did a great job of coming out swinging and strong and ready to play,” Rochester coach Becky Lee said. “I was very proud of them and taking advantage of those opportunities that they were given.”
Sells doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Watson’s RBI groundout to first in the second.
Then came five more Rochester runs in the third, all with two outs. Carroll starter Kayla Gish walked Heinzmann, hit Chloe Nichols with a pitch and walked Emma Howdeshell to load the bases.
Watson’s two-run single scored Heinzmann and Nichols to make it 6-0.
“Kallie Watson has done an incredible job,” Lee said. “She had more of a struggle day on Tuesday against Triton, but she turned around today, and you wouldn’t have even noticed that she struggled on Tuesday. And she’s just swinging the bat really hard and making good contact.”
After Coleman walked to load the bases, Haughs cranked a double to deep left-center to bring home three more runs and make it 9-0.
“She has been incredible,” Lee said of Haughs. “She has been on since day one. Her focus has been incredible, and I’m just really impressed with her ability to continue to go up there and be selective and take good pitches and then those pitches that she is swinging at, she’s just driving. She’s hitting the sweet spot on the bat, and she’s doing a really great job.”
Morgan Justice’s RBI double and an RHS throwing error made it 9-2 in the bottom of the third.
Sells’ RBI walk and a run-scoring wild pitch got those two runs back and made it 11-2 in the fourth.
RHS then scored seven more runs in the fifth off Riley Lanum and Gish, who was reinserted into the game.
Nichols had an RBI walk, and Sells and Watson had RBI singles in the inning. Coleman had a sacrifice fly, there was a run-scoring error that allowed Howdeshell to score and two run-scoring wild pitches.
After beating Carroll, Rochester’s game with Pioneer was started but not finished. RHS scored six runs on one hit in the top of the first off Pioneer’s Hailey Cripe, but the Lady Panthers had rebounded to take a 13-6 lead after three innings when the field became unplayable.
Rochester 18, Carroll (Flora) 3 (5 innings)
Rochester 315 27 – 18 11 3
Carroll 002 01 – 3 4 2
WP – Mya Musselman (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 1 K)
LP – Kayla Gish (3 ⅓ IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K)
2B – Kylie Coleman 2 (RHS), Sydney Haughs 2 (RHS), Emma Sells (RHS), Kayla Gish (CARR), Morgan Justice (CARR)