Spoofhound softball plated runs early and often against South Holt Sept. 25 as Maryville celebrated its senior night with a 17-0 win.
The ‘Hounds went into the bottom of the first inning with the game evened up at zero. After the first inning came to an end, the Spoofhounds found themselves with a 10-0 lead.
Sophomore Ashleyn Alexander helped cap off the first with a three-run home run and a grand slam. Maryville came out hot on offense to put the game out of reach early for the Knights.
Maryville slowed down offensively throughout the game, but it was able to maintain the lead through solid defensive play.
The ‘Hounds were able to put up seven more runs during the next three innings which forced a mercy rule at the end of the fourth inning.
The game was an emotional one for the Spoofhounds. The ‘Hounds have five seniors who will be graduating this spring.
“It felt great to go out and win the game tonight,” senior Emma Baldwin said. “We have been in this program through the last four years, and we have really come together as a family. To go out and win the game like that was great for us seniors.”
Coach Chandra Demott spoke highly of the bond that the team has formed over the years. This year’s seniors will be the first group to go four years in the program with Demott.
“They become one of your own after that many years,” Demott said. “It was definitely an emotional night for all of us, but we are just trying to keep our heads straight for districts.”
The emotional ties amongst those on the team are not going unnoticed. The ‘Hounds have their sights set on the games to come now, as districts are approaching soon. The team has been experiencing more success this season than they have in years past.
“It feels good from not winning many my freshman year to this, it is unbelievable,” Baldwin said.
Demott also spoke of the team’s success this year and called it a real improvement over past seasons. The Spoofhounds are looking to constantly improve their play for continued success in the latter part of the season.
“It was nice being able to get some of the girls in, who do not usually play varsity,” Demott said. “The older girls really stepped up tonight by helping the younger girls with their situational awareness and at the plate as well.”
Demott was pleased to see the upperclassmen helping the underclassmen in a game that was virtually over after the first inning. Demott constantly praises her seniors, and it is pretty easy to see why. The players have bought into the program and are all playing for the same goal.
The Spoofhounds will look to continue their offensive success Sept. 27 against St. Joseph-Benton High School.