MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —
Ashland sophomore Megan Hensley put on a show against two West Virginia teams Tuesday morning during the Kittens’ softball Spring Break trip.
Hensley went 5-for-7 at the plate and drove in six runs as Ashland posted 9-4 wins over Musselman and Riverside.
Against Musselman, Hensley was 3-for-3 including two doubles. She scored twice, drove in two runs and also pitched a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
McKenzie Vanover and Katie Caron connected for home runs in the fifth inning, with a Hensley double in between.
Caron finished 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, while Sydney Whitt was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Kittens collected 11 hits overall.
Ashland trailed 4-2 against Riverside before staging a seven-run rally in the seventh inning. Hensley just missed a grand slam as her drive to left-center field hit the top of the fence and fell for a bases-clearing double.
Hensley also singled and knocked in four runs for the game. Freshman Hayley Kilburn singled twice to help support the team’s 10-hit attack. Whitt pitched a complete game and held Riverside scoreless over the last four innings.
The Kittens improved to 3-0 on the trip and have won five in a row since dropping a season-opening doubleheader to Lawrence County.
Ashland is scheduled to play a single game today, then doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday before returning home.
ASHLAND 201 231 0 — 9 11 1
MUSSELMAN 000 013 0 — 4 3 0
Hensley and Kilburn; Ingram and Busing. W—Hensley. L—Ingram. 2B—Hensley 2 (A). HR—Vanover (A), Caron (A).
ASHLAND 000 002 7 — 9 10 4
RIVERSIDE 202 000 0 — 4 6 2
Whitt and Kilburn; Wolfe, Winter and Diergert. W—Whitt. L—Winter. 2B—Vanover (A), Hensley (A), Winter 2 (R), Diergert (R).
Vero Beach 8
Greenup Co. 4
VERO BEACH, FLA. Greenup County couldn’t recover from an 8-0 hole on Tuesday against Vero Beach, Fla.
The Musketeers (5-2) did not muster much offense until the sixth inning, when it finally got on the board.
Tristan Downing plated two runs with a single in the seventh inning, but the deficit proved too much to overcome. Errors didn’t help the cause — Greenup County committed four as two of Hutchinson’s eight runs allowed were unearned.
Seth Boyle went 2-for-4 for the Musketeers, who continue play today in Vero Beach.
GREENUP 000 001 3 — 4 7 4
VERO BEACH 301 400 x — 8 7 1
Hutchinson; Walton, Demeter (5), Wright (7); W—Walton. L—Hutchinson. 2B—Corso (V). 3B—Williams 2 (V).