ADRIAN - Pine-Eagle split its opening league games at Adrian Saturday, losing the opener 13-2 before winning the nightcap 21-8.
In the first game Pine-Eagle out-hit Adrian seven to five. But Adrian drew eight walks to one for the Spartans.
"Adrian was very aggressive on the bases taking advantage of our inexperience," said Pine-Eagle coach Joe Sciarrino. "Their aggressive base running rattled our defense causing many errors."
Elizabeth Hyde pitched, facing too many batters as a result.
"Our hitting is improving. We are getting consistent good at-bats from our first seven hitters," Sciarrino said. "Chelsie Gulick and Kaylee Holmstead had two hits each. Kaylee was the hitting star with a monster homerun leading off the second inning and even bigger triple leading off the fourth."
Adrian doesn't have an outfield fence. Sciarrino said the triple and the homerun would have been over the fence at Halfway.
"We've been waiting for her break out game. Maybe this was it. Elicia Jackson played a great game at third base. This was a very disappointing first league game."
Pine-Eagle rebounded in the second game.
"We told the girls we were very proud of the way they regrouped and took it to Adrian in Game 2," Sciarrino said. "In this game they showed how good they can be. "
Pine-Eagle scored 12 runs against Adrian's No. 1 pitcher in the first two innings and played great defense throughout.
"Alicia Marlow had three hits. Hyde and Randee Koski two hits each. Hyde had three RBIs, Gulick and Koski two each. Hyde, Marlow, and Ashley Butler four runs scored each."
Holmstead threw a runner out at the plate from short centerfield. Gulick made the tag. Jackson made a "major league play on a lazer beam short hop right at her and threw the batter out at first."
"Elicia had the best day ever by a Spartan third basemen in our 13 years. She was perfect," Sciarrino said.
Next up Enterprise and Union, the first- and second-place teams. Union is defending state champion. Enterprise beat Union twice last week.