LIVINGSTON -- It didn't take long for the Doyle softball team to get rolling in its second District 9-2A contest.

The Lady Tigers scored 7 runs in the first inning, and Olivia Welda gave up two hits in a 10-0 win over Springfield on Thursday in Livingston.

Doyle got to Springfield pitcher Amber Traylor early as singles by Caitlinn Fruge, Sydney Taylor and Grace Wolfe and an error led to a 2-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the first.

"The best thing was leading off with a hit," Doyle coach Amanda Decell said. "I think the big leadoff hit (by Fruge) was what sparked the rest of the hits, and it's easy when the first batter gets on base. Our leadoff did a very good job doing that. They (Doyle) were very fired up. It's a big game between us and Springfield, and they hit well today."

Kylie Merell added an RBI single, and another run scored on an error for a 4-0 lead. Alissa Ragas tacked on a two-RBI single, and Fruge had a two-out RBI double to cap the big inning.

"Defense didn't show up ready to play," Springfield coach Ashley Ledet said. "We're coming out into our second district game with our starting pitcher (Morgan Sibley) out with a concussion. But we knew coming in Amber was going to be able to throw strikes, and our defense just needed to do their job. But sadly, they waited too long to do that." 

Springfield's Lauren Price had an infield single to lead off the top second, but Welda retired the next three batters.

Doyle added to the lead in the bottom of the inning when Elise Jones led off with a double and scored on Kamryn Spears' sacrifice fly to right field for a 9-0 lead. After a walk to Merell and a Madison Watts single to load the bases, Ragas flied out to center, and Wolfe was thrown out at the plate.

"(We were) just staying back and letting the ball travel to us and hitting line drives," Jones said.

Springfield put a pair of runners on in the fourth on a two-out error in the outfield and Bree Saxon's single, but Cheyenne Morris flied out to left to end the inning.

Doyle loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of errors and a Merell single, but Ragas made contact on a ball back to Traylor, who started a 1-2-3 double play. Kaitlyn Savant grounded to second to end the inning.

"It was a little spark, and I was hoping we could carry that over to the offensive side," Ledet said of the double play. "And that hurt us, too. You know, you've got to get runs across the plate to win a game. Somebody's got to touch home plate, and that didn't happen tonight."

After Welda retired Springfield in order in the top of the fifth, Jones drew a two-out walk and scored on Wolfe's double to end the game because of the mercy rule.

"They just got a little over-anxious the next few innings (after) they did so well in the first inning," Decell said. "We talked about discipline at the plate, and they just got really over-anxious and started popping up, chasing pitches. But they did what they needed to do."

Welda gave up two hits and struck out two in five innings to get the win. Traylor gave up 12 hits in 4.2 innings to take the loss.


Springfield            000  00  --   0    2  5

Doyle                    711  01  --  10  12  1

Amber Traylor and Cheyenne Morris. Olivia Welda and Elise Jones. W -- Welda. L -- Traylor. 2B: Doyle -- Caitlynn Fruge, Jones (2), Grace Wolfe. Records -- Doyle 12-4, 2-0, Springfield 6-7, 0-2. Up next: Fontainebleau at Doyle, 5:30 p.m. Friday; Springfield vs. East Jefferson, 11 a.m. Saturday.

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