Eagles Sweep Flyers, Cardinals To Start New Season

Eagles Sweep Flyers, Cardinals To Start New Season


The old saying goes, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

No one on Ashland University's softball team is going to overlook a 2-0 beginning to the 2019 season, however. On Friday (Feb. 22) at the Lewis Flyers Division II Midwest Region Dome Invitational, the Eagles earned a pair of wins against Great Lakes Valley Conference opponents.

In the first game of the new season, Ashland used early offense, strong pitching and a last-minute defensive save to defeat the Flyers, 2-1.

Senior right fielder Halle Dorko gave the Eagles the only runs they ultimately would need on a two-out, two-run double. Those runs were enough for senior pitcher Hannah Stroe, who authored a complete-game five-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks.

The final score was cemented by a diving catch for the final out of the game by Ashland sophomore left fielder Emma Lawson.

Senior third baseman Paige Summers was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the victory.

On Friday afternoon, Ashland used a three-run bottom of the third to topple William Jewell, 5-2. With the score tied at 1, the Eagles received a two-run double from junior shortstop Bree Gill and an RBI single from sophomore pitcher Laney Jones to jump in front, 4-1.

That was more than enough run support for Jones, who scattered six hits and three walks and struck out five in the complete-game victory. She also was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI at the plate.

Dorko and Summers each added two hits to the Eagles' 10-hit attack.

Ashland will finish Dome Invitational play on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 7 p.m. vs. Missouri S&T and 9 p.m. vs. Lindenwood.