Towanda — The Circle softball team came ready to play Thursday night, as the Herbert sisters paced the T-Birds to 10-0 and 10-4 wins.
Circle opened game one scoring eight runs in the first inning. Six different T-Birds powered the big inning with RBIs. In the circle, Londyn Bardin pitched a shutout and allowed only two hits in the run-rule shortened game. Bardin struck out three and and did not walk a batter.
Bailea Crist and Halle Giddings contributed the only two hits for the Bullpups as both players finished with a single.
Crist took the loss for McPherson. She lasted one-third of an inning, allowing six hits and seven runs while walking one.
Taylor Lambert, Mia Herbert and Cheyenne Collins each had two hits for Circle.
Circle Coach Jean Gibbs was impressed with the way the T-Birds came out of the gate.
“We saw the ball well, racking up 11 hits in the game. When the entire team hits, it creates positive energy and you become a more confident team. That was the case in game one.”
In the nightcap, Circle cruised to another victory, this tim by a score of 10-5. Freshman Sydney Herbert hit for the cycle to lead the way for Circle. She tripled in the first, homered in the second, singled in the fourth, and doubled in the sixth. The Herbert sisters teamed up for six of Circle’s 11 hits.
Circle scored five runs in the second inning when Hunter Dreifort and Sydney Herbert both drove in runs. They followed with two more runs in the fourth when Herbert struck again with a single, Bardin singled and Jessie Nibarger tripled.
Mia Herbert, playing her final home game of her career for the T-Birds smashed the ball all night, going 4-7 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Coach Gibbs paid tribute to the lone senior on her squad.
“Mia (Herbert) will leave our program as the winningest senior to ever play at Circle High School. That’s an amazing accomplishment made even sweeter by the fact she is doing it with her younger sister by her side.”
Sydney Herbert earned the win for Circle. Herbert went all seven innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs while striking out three.
Addie Fitzmorris took the loss for McPherson. Fitzmorris lasted six innings, allowing 11 hits, 10 runs, and striking out four. Fitzmorris also had a solid night at the plate in game two, going 2-for-3.
With the loss, The Bullpups fall to 2-12 on the year, while Circle improves to 11-5.