Orion softball goes over .500

Deb VanDeWoestyne
Charger Bailey Eastin sets up to bunt in the top of the third inning on Thursday, April 21, at Sherrard.

Rain has made it hard to get softball games in this spring. With only 15 games in the book, the varsity Chargers are 8-7.

Moline 11, Orion 1

Orion traveled to Moline for a game on Tuesday, April 12.

Moline took a 2-0 lead on three hits, including a triple, in the first inning.

The Chargers cut into the lead with a run in the top of the third. Emily

McVietty led off with a double. Bailey Eastin and Abby Taets followed up with walks.

After the Chargers loaded the bases with no one out, the Maroons put in a new pitcher. She got the next batter to pop up to the second baseman for the first out.

Haley Anderson, next up for Orion, put the ball in play to the first baseman. Anderson was out at first, but McVietty scored on the play.

The Maroons got the run back in the bottom of the third, then exploded for seven runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Moline came up with eight hits in the fourth, which included a home run and four doubles.

McVietty’s double and Grace Leuck’s single were the only hits for Orion.

Meanwhile, Moline batters stroked 16 hits.

Charger starter Ashlee Amador absorbed the loss. In three innings, she gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk with no strikeouts.

Taets worked 1 1/3 innings. She surrendered six runs, all earned, on eight hits and one walk. She whiffed one.

Orion had one error and Moline, none.

Sherrard 9, Orion 2

At Sherrard on Thursday, April 21, Orion gave up two runs in the second and four in the third.

The Chargers showed their rust in the second, yielding three bases on balls, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and an error.

Sherrard led off the third with a home run, and the Tigers also whacked a double and two singles. Orion committed two errors.

The Tigers picked up two runs in the fifth.

Orion finally got on the board in the sixth, which opened with Taets singling up the middle. The next batter popped up, but Anderson Reached on error to join Taets on base.

One out later, Leuck kept the Charger inning alive with a base on balls.

Kylie Smutzer drove the ball up the middle to single in Taets and Anderson.

Sherrard picked up its final run in the bottom of the sixth.

The Tigers outhit the Chargers 8-3. Leuck, Smutzer and Taets each singled.

Amador took the loss. In six innings, she was charged with nine runs, three earned, on eight hits and six walks. She struck out five.

Orion committed four errors and Sherrard, three.

Orion 9, Macomb 0

Finally playing at home, the Chargers got their offense going against their West Central north foes, the Macomb Bombers.

The game started late because of the extra time needed to prepare the field.

In the first inning, Orion scored five runs just about every way possible.

Taets led off with a single. Kylee Peterson walked on a 3-2 pitch.

Anderson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position.

Batting clean-up, Amador doubled into deep center field to score Taets and Peterson.

Lauren Kahley replaced Amador on second base. She was not there long, scoring when Leuck reached on the third baseman’s error.

Smutzer rocketed a home run over the fence for two more Charger runs.

In the second inning, the Orion lead went to 8-0. Taets led off with a home run.

Peterson singled into left field and Amador doubled. Both ultimately scored.

Smutzer delivered an RBI single with two outs.

The final Charger run came in the fifth. With one out, McVietty doubled. One out later, Taets singled her in.

Orion finished with 11 hits to two for Macomb.

The home runs by Smutzer and Taets and the double by McVietty were the only Charger extra-base hits.

Smutzer had three RBIs; Taets and Amador, two; and Leuck, one.

Amador earned the win with seven innings of shutout pitching. She allowed two hits and one walk, while sending 10 Bombers back to the dugout with strikeouts.

Macomb was charged with three errors and Orion with two.

Orion 10, Macomb 0

The second game of the doubleheader was just as much fun for the Chargers and their fans.

Taets led off the first with a home run.

Peterson singled, then stole second. Two outs later, Leuck got a base hit to score Peterson.

In the third inning, the Chargers added three runs. Peterson and Amador blasted back-to-back doubles, with Peterson stopping at third.

Two outs later, Taylor Larson singled in Anderson.

McVietty walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Madi Weiss. She also walked to force in Peterson.

Taets walked on four straight pitches, bringing in Larson.

McVietty scored on a wild pitch.

Orion added a run in the fourth. Anderson singled, went to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch, and stole home.

In the fifth, McVietty led off with a single. She scored on a Peterson single, and Peterson scored on an Amador single.

The Chargers got their final run in the sixth. McVietty reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when Betsy Beemblossom belted the ball into center field and the Bomber stationed there mishandled it.

Orion racked up 13 hits to two for Macomb.

Anderson and Amador each had a double.

Taets received the W for six innings of work. She allowed only two hits and two walks, and she whiffed six.

Orion made one error and Macomb, one.