Salem’s Peyton Mitchell takes a pitch in Wednesday’s game against Rockdale. The Seminoles won 15-1 in four innings. (Staff photo by Kurt Aschermann Jr.)
It’d be safe to assume that for the 2014 softball season, Rockdale has seen just about enough of its neighbor to the south.
Peyton Mitchell and Jasmine Colbert each drove in three runs to lead an offensive onslaught in Salem’s 15-1 win in four innings Wednesday. It was the second time in 16 days Salem had won by-mercy rule against its crosstown rival as the Seminoles opened the season with a 17-7 home victory in five innings on August 12.
It was just a 3-1 game before Salem unloaded on Rockdale starter Miasia Mayer and a struggling Bulldogs’ defense in the third and fourth innings.
Mary Beth Mosley and Peyton Mitchell started the inning with singles and Mariah Briney followed with a double that scored Mosley to make it a 4-1 game. Later, Daijah Whitfield ripped a two-run single that put the visiting Seminoles ahead 6-1.
Things got out of hand in the fourth, which turned out to be a nine-run frame for Salem.
The first seven batters reached base in the inning with Mitchell (RBI-double) and Briney (RBI-bloop single) driving in runs. Rockdale helped out quite a bit as three straight infield errors allowed Salem to build an 11-1 cushion. To cap the scoring, Lane Powell and Mosley each had a run-scoring single and Mitchell delivered a two-run double to cap a 13-batter marathon for the Seminoles.
Rockdale actually scored its only run of the game to take a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Precious Paul walked on four pitches to open the inning and after a strikeout, Sydney Driver singled and Kelsey Stewart reached on a fielding error. Sydney Turner polished off a nice, seven-pitch at bat against Salem’s Skylene Lewis by drawing a walk to force home Paul.
Lewis was excellent after that. After the walk, the right-hander retired the next eight batters she faced before Turner doubled to open the fourth. Lewis didn’t seem fazed, getting the final three outs on the infield. She threw just 23 pitches over the final three innings after a 33-pitch first, preserving a two-hit victory.
Salem grabbed the lead for good in the top of the second. Mayer hit leadoff batter C.C. McCullum with a pitch, and though McCullum was later thrown out attempting to steal third, Mayer walked Whitfield on four pitches, Stewart dropped Lewis’ pop fly at first and Mckenzie Foster had an infield single to load the bases with one out. Colbert fell behind in the count 1-2, but laced a three-run triple into the left-center field cap that put the Seminoles up 3-1.