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Sanger rolls past Aubrey
SANGER — It was the best game of the year for the Sanger Lady Indians. At least that is how Sanger head coach Jae McMinn described their 11-1 win over Aubrey in a District 9-3A matchup on Tuesday.
“This is the best we’ve played all season,” McMinn said. “Everything was clicking. We were hitting the ball. We were running the bases well. We took advantage of the errors they were making. I can’t ask for any more out of them. The energy level they had went a long way for us.”
Sanger pitcher Nicole Nordie led the way for the Lady Indians (16-7, 5-2). She registered nine strikeouts and allowed just three hits and one run in six innings.
“Nordie did a great job of pitching,” said Aubrey head coach Shon Ranton. “She really worked us over well.”
Nordie also swung the bat well, going 3-for-4 at the plate including a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
“She gets up there and is very focused,” McMinn said. “She’s comfortable and nothing rattles her, which is a big thing when you’re in the circle. She might throw a bad pitch, but she shakes it off and moves on to the next one. Her bat helped us out and that home run was the icing on the cake for us.”
Aubrey (17-10, 4-3) committed five errors that lead to three unearned runs for the Lady Indians. After an error and a walk to Meghan Eilers to start the second inning, Courtney Ford smashed one of her two RBI doubles on the day to give Sanger a 2-0 lead, and scored a run herself on another costly Aubrey throwing error.
Kaley Reding was responsible for Aubrey’s only run of the game as she doubled to center field to bring home Kayla Sullivan after she walked to start the second inning.
Eilers helped to carry Sanger’s offensive momentum into the fourth inning as she smacked an RBI double into left-center field after Nordie and Victoria Eakman singled to start the inning. Two more errors and a sacrifice fly by Harlee Sliger had Sanger up 7-1 at the end of the third inning.
“Kaley really struggled,” Ranton said. “She couldn’t get ahead of batters and left fat pitches. We didn’t help her out by playing any defense and when the emotions started to flow, we forget everything we’ve been taught. I’d like to blame it on something, but I can’t blame it on anything.”
Along with Nordie’s two-run home run to left, Sigler added an RBI double in the fourth inning to put Sanger ahead 10-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, after Nordie allowed just one single while recording four strikeouts in the fifth and sixth innings, Ford scored Nordie on a double down the right-field line to end the game.
Sanger 11, Aubrey 1
WP — Nicole Nordie. LP — Kaley Reding. 2B — A: Kaley Reding. S: Courtney Ford 2, Meghan Eilers, Harlee Sliger.HR — S: Nicole Nordie. Records — Aubrey (17-10, 4-3). Sanger (16-7, 5-2).