LAURINBURG — Scotland Christian Academy’s softball team opened its season this week with two double-digit victories.
On Tuesday, the Lady Saints topped Northwood Temple Academy of Fayetteville 16-0 in five innings. On Thursday, the Lady Saints headed to Fayetteville to take on non-conference opponent Village Christian Academy. Scotland Christian won that match up, 13-3.
The Lady Saints jumped out to an eight run lead in the first inning before tacking on another eight runs for the mercy-run victory, according to the North Carolina Christian Athletic Association rules when one team is ahead by more than 10 runs after five innings the game is terminated.
In the circle for the Lady Saints was eighth grader Kadence Sheppard who threw all five innings pitching a no hitter and striking out nine batters.
Sheppard also had a good outing in the batter’s box going 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. The Lady Saints offense was led by junior Rachel Brown who went 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run home run.
Seventh grader Morgan McMillan contributed a single and a two-run triple in the Lady Saints blow-out win.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Saints jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Scotland Christian added eight more runs over the next five innings to secure the 13-3 win.
Village Christian Academy put their first points on the board in the bottom of the fifth with two runs before adding another run in the bottom of the sixth.
Sheppard was in the circle again for the Lady Saints as she threw a complete game allowing three runs off four hits while tallying 13 strikeouts.
Village Christian split the game between two pitchers — eighth grader Quinn Hoggard and junior Haley Borcicky — the two combined to allow 13 runs off 11 hits with four errors, two walks and six strikeouts.
The Lady Saints offensetallied five triples and a double led by Sheppard with two triples.
With the wins, the Lady Saints move to 2-0 overall on the season.
The team is back in action on Tuesday, March 20 hosting South Pointe Christian. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.