There might have been a lot of excitement for sophomore pitcher Macy Hayes, who was making her first start at the varsity level. Freshmen Taylor Williams and Christina Downs also got their first taste of varsity play in Augusta’s season-opening doubleheader Thursday.
It took all of one inning for Andale to crash the party.
The first two Indian hitters got on base, setting up a three-run bomb way over the left field wall. Andale hit three home runs on way to an 11-1 win in Game 1.
Game 2 was worse for the Orioles as Andale hit a couple more homers and won 16-4 to sweep Augusta on its home field.
Not exactly the start coach Ray Aguirre wanted, but he knows that Andale, probably the best team on Augusta’s schedule, is the defending State champion and is not in Augusta’s division.
Kaitlin Kennedy, who’s arm isn’t 100 percent healthy, was Augusta’s lone bright spot on the mound. She threw a couple shutout innings before reaching her limit. Aguirre said the other pitchers were a little shellshocked by Andale’s power offense.
“She got to that point, and that’s when the floodgates opened,” Aguirre said about Kennedy. “The other three that threw tonight, this was their first real varsity experience.”
Augusta’s offense was shut down in Game 1. The bottom three hitters in the lineup didn’t get a hit until Williams singled late in the second game.
“I could have hit a lot better. At second [base], I played okay,” Downs said about her first career game. “Pitching kind of rocked, so I could have pitched a lot better.”
The only significant offense came when Taylor Reichard hit a home run in Game 2. Andale struck out Augusta batters 11 times just in the opener.