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By David Sharp
Abby Becker keyed a seven run Knox County second inning with a grand slam home run over the left field fence during a 15-0 win over Marion County (2-4) in three innings. The September 6, 2022 contest was played at Knox County.
Marion County threatened in their first inning but could not score. Riley Holt led off the game with a base hit. KCHS pitcher Agnes Reel struck out the next batter. Samantha Kindhart stroked a two out single.
Agnes Reel fanned the next two batters, ending the Mustang first with no scoring. Knox County (2-4) got a leadoff double from Jen Hinkle in their first frame. Hinkle later scored on an error. Savanna Schrage reached base on an error. Agnes Reel walked. Brianna Miller singled home both runners with a one out single.
Abby Becker reached base on a fielder’s choice. Bailey Bowen walked. Shalee Zuccarini delivered a one out, two RBI hit. Kennedy Parrish singled. Mustang hurler Kennedy Hathaway retired a batter to end the inning.
Knox County sent ten batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring five runs on three hits for a 5-0 lead after one full inning. Marion County went down in order during their second inning.
Savanna Schrage started a series of five straight runners reaching base with a single. Agnes Reel doubled Schrage home for a six run lead. Abby Becker lofted her first career home run over the fence.
The Grand Slam homer put Knox County up by a 10-0 margin before an out was recorded in the KCHS second inning. “I think we did pretty good overall,” Abby Becker said. “Agnes (Reel) pitched a pretty good game.”
“I think everyone just batted pretty good today,” Abby Becker said. “We didn’t strike out. I didn’t know it was over until everyone just started yelling,” Becker said of her bases clearing second inning home run.
“It was my first home run,” Abby Becker said. “It was just awesome.”
Shalee Zuccarini walked with one out in the second inning. Jen Hinkle drilled a two, out two run homer for a 12-0 lead after two complete innings. Marion County battled back, filling the bases on a walk and Shayleigh Whetstone’s hit.
Knox County executed a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. The score remained at 12-0 Lady Eagles entering the Knox County half of the third inning.
Kara Smith came in to pitch for Marion County. Agnes Reel was hit by a pitch leading off the first inning. Reel stole second base. Brianna Miller stroked a one out RBI single, scoring Reel for a 13-0 lead.
Abby Becker followed with a hit. Shalee Zuccarini ended the game by the 15 run rule with an RBI base hit. Knox County scored 15 runs on 11 hits. Jennifer Hinkle was 2-3 at bat with a home run, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Savanna Schrage had a hit and scored two runs. Agnes Reel was 1-1 at bat with three runs scored. Brianna Miller was 2-2 with two runs scored and three batted in. Abby Becker went 2-3 with three runs scored, a home run and four batted in.
Shalee Zuccarini was 2-2 with a run scored and three batted in. Agnes Reel struck out six batters in three innings pitched. Reel allowed three hits, two walks and no runs scored.
Marion County was blanked on three hits. Kennedy Hathaway pitched the first two innings with one strikeout, four walks on seven hits. Kara Smith pitched 2/3 of an inning with three runs allowed on three hits.
“They came out to play today,” Knox County coach Lauren Dale said. “Their confidence was there today. They knew they could compete with Marion County. They competed and they did great things.”
“Abby Becker hit the first home run of her career,” Coach Dale said. “It was a grand slam. She was getting into the zone early. She smashed the ball. (Marion County) made a few good plays on balls.”
“Our hitting was the best that it has been today,” Lauren Dale said. “It carried over from the Hannibal game this weekend. They were doing good things. They were hitting gaps.”
“It was definitely a good team win. I thought Agnes (Reel) threw well tonight. We are trying to get her changeup working. A game like this is a good time to develop pitches and try to get them working more.”
“Agnes has a good changeup. We are just trying to get it to be more consistent,” Lauren Dale said.