Ravens pile up hits in sweep of Prospectors
by Brad Mosher/The Observer
ELGIN — The Ravens brought out the big bats to sweep Grant Union Tuesday in a District 6 softball showdown.
In the opener of the doubleheader, Elgin/Imbler pounded the Grant Union pitching for 16 hits in a 12-5 victory. They followed that up with a come-from-behind 8-4 win built on another 12 hits off the Lady Prospectors — including seven in a seven-run fourth inning.
The biggest blasts in the Ravens’ 28-hit afternoon came at the hands of Danika McIntosh and Darcie Kanoho. McIntosh blasted a three-run homer over the center-field fence in the second game, and Kanoho belted a triple.
The sweep moved the Ravens into second place in District 6 with a 4-1 record behind undefeated Union/Cove (7-0).
“Our bats are picking up,” Elgin/Imbler coach Dick Griffin said. “We were putting on a hitting clinic in the first game. In the second game, when we were behind, we got the bats going also.
“I am really pleased with the way they are playing. Darcie Kanoho hit really well tonight. McIntosh has been waiting for that one (the homer) for a while,” Griffin said. “She’s been hitting well, but she has been wanting to take them out of the yard for several weeks. It sure came at a critical time.
“Defensively, we made a lot of good plays,” the coach added, including a solo double play by Jessica McDaniel at first base when she caught a line drive and stepped on the base for a second out.
In the opener, the visiting Prospectors scored first in the first inning, but the Ravens scored six in the bottom of the inning on seven hits, taking a lead they never
Whitney Wilber started the scoring after getting on with a single, followed by Griffin with another single. Then McIntosh belted a double and the parade continued with Katie Barry, Karigan Wilhelm and Kanoho all scoring.
In the second inning, the Ravens added four more runs, taking a 10-2 lead.
The team would score one more run in both the third and the sixth innings.
A three-run fourth inning by Grant Union cut the Ravens’ lead to 11-5 before Elgin added its final score.
Brea Harris, Wilhelm and Kanoho each had three hits in the opener, while Griffin and McIntosh each had two.
McDaniel started on the mound for the Ravens, throwing three innings, giving up four hits, striking out two, before she was replaced by McIntosh.
“Jessica was getting tired and started missing some spots. (Grant Union) weren’t hitting her exceptionally well, but we were giving them too many free tickets. She did a good job at first base for us.”
Griffin tosses three-hitter
Griffin went the distance on the mound in the second game for the Ravens, giving up three hits.
The visiting Prospectors scored first again, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Harris scored in the bottom of the inning, cutting the Prospectors’ lead in half. Two more runs in the third inning gave Grant Union a 4-1 lead.
That lead disappeared in the seven-hit, seven-run fourth inning which catapulted the Ravens to victory.
McDaniel singled to get on base, then scored.
Harris, Wilber and Griffin had three straight singles, then McIntosh hammered the ball over the fence to give the Ravens the lead. Barry followed with a double and Wilhelm hit a single before Kanoho sent both home with a triple.
In the second game, Harris, Wilber, Griffin and McIntosh each had two hits, while Barry, Wilhelm, Kanoho and McDaniel each had one. Harris had a five-hit afternoon.