The Skyline softball team opened its 2018 season on Wednesday with an impressive 5-0 win over visiting Adrian in a Southeastern Conference crossover game.
“It was a good start to the season,” said Skyline Coach Martha Stange. “We had some issues in the first inning but was able to get out of that and played well the rest of the way.”
After a couple of scrimmages in bad weather, the Eagles found the nice weather and warm temperatures to their liking. They scored two runs in the first and never looked back, adding two more in the third and a run in the sixth.
Mayah Alam was in command in the circle for Skyline. The sophomore recorded 12 strikeouts and just three walks in the complete-game shutout.
The only trouble came in the opening inning as the Eagles were settling in. The visiting Maples had runners on second and third and just one out but Alam got a strikeout and ground out to escape the inning without allowing a run.
The Eagles had eights on the day.
In the first inning, freshman Gabby Toth singled and Madie Czjaka bunted for a hit moving Toth to third. A ground out by Nyeli Kratz plated the first run of the game and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Amelia Greco gave Skyline a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Toth singled up the middle and then stole second. Czjaka singled to give the Eagles first and third. Kratz grounded out but the got the RBI to make it 3-0. Kellen Black then singled to right field to give the hosts a 4-0 lead.
In the sixth, junior Madison Westhoven singled and scored on Toth’s double to right field.
The Eagles host Pioneer on Monday in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. Weather-permitting of course.