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SOFTBALL: Perfect Parker leads Lady Mustangs in 15-0 route of South Oldham

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By Elliott Pratt

 GOSHEN - The North Oldham softball team continued its offensive explosiveness in District 29 play with a 15-0 shutout win over South Oldham Thursday night in Goshen.

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Erin Parker led the Lady Mustangs (9-8, 3-1 District 29) with a perfect outing at the plate, going 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs. 

It was North Oldham’s second straight shutout win after defeating Trimble County 10-0 on Wednesday.

The Lady Mustangs put up three runs in each of the first two innings, added four in the third inning, and capped the contest with five runs in the fourth.

Parker started the route with a leadoff inside-the-park home run to right field in the bottom of the first inning.

“She’s just a stud,” North coach Erick Anderson said. “She’s a really quality ball player. She has definitely added so much more to this game than people realize.”

A double from Sam Maiocco and a single from Melissa Martineson set up Nichole Goldberg, courtesy runner for Maiocco, to advance to third and score off a wild pitch from Aaliyah Tomes. Third-baseman Cassidy Rives scored Martineson on an RBI double and was stranded on base to end the first inning.

Hannah Phillips doubled in the second inning and Parker got her second hit of the day with an RBI double to score Phillips. Parker then crossed the plate with an RBI sacrifice bunt from Megan Rohrbach. Miaocco doubled again in the second and Goldberg, once again, crossed the plate with an RBI from Martineson.

With two outs in the bottom of the third with a Chick Brooke at third after a leadoff base hit, Parker brought her home with her third RBI of the day. After Rohrbach reached base on a hit by pitch, North brought home three straight runs off RBI singles from Maiocco, Martineson and Rives to take a 10-0 lead into the fourth inning.

Maiocco, who had pitched three perfect innings, gave up her first and only hit of the day on a bunt from Baileigh Dighton in the fourth inning. North turned a double play to end the inning.

North loaded the bases in the bottom fourth and scored off Parker once again with an RBI single to center field. Tomes walked in a run with another hit by pitch on Rohrbach, her second of the day.

Parker crossed home an a wild pitch and Rorhbach scored on Martineson’s third RBI of the day. Tomes walked in the winning runner with Goldberg crossing the plate for her fourth and final run of the evening.

North finished with 16 hits off of Tomes, who struck out two batters in the process.

Entering the game, South Oldham hadn’t played since April 1, and had its first practice since that date on Monday due to spring break. Turner said she “couldn’t be happier” with the seventh-grader’s progression, but says more aggression is needed on offense.

“We started off aggressive and kind of hung back and got scared a bit and freaked out a little,” Turner said. “Defensively we’re still having to think so much on every single play that it’s not distinctive yet. We’re slow getting to the ball and we’re slow making plays because we’re having to think so much.”

Maiocco and Martineson each went 3-for-4 at the plate and Hannah Phillips went 2-for-3 with one run.

North Oldham continues its home stand Saturday with a doubleheader against Dixie Heights at 2:00 p.m. and Salem (Ind.) at 4:00 p.m.

South Oldham heads to Franklin County for the Capital City Showcase to play Mercer County Saturday at 7:00 p.m.