In their first ever meeting on the softball field, Fort Mill and Nation Ford will have two vastly different memories.
Sophomore Amber Prather pitched a one-hitter for Nation Ford as the Lady Falcons handily beat Fort Mill 15-0. Prather struck out the first four batters she faced and ended the game striking out the last three. In between, she gave up just a single in the second inning and walked one.
At the plate, the Lady Falcons were led by junior catcher Amanda Stevens, who went 3-3 with three RBIs and scored four times. Juniors Lindsey Visbeck and Brittany Jones both went 2-3. Visbeck drove in a run and scored twice herself. Jones also scored and had an RBI.
After Prather struck out the side to start the game, Nation Ford scored three runs in the first inning on two hits and an error by the Lady Jackets.
But it was the second inning that was the difference maker for Nation Ford. The Lady Falcons scored eight runs on four hits and were aided by five walks from Fort Mill sophomore pitcher Lindsay Caruso and an error.
Prather started the inning off with a single followed by walks to freshman Brittany Baker, Visbeck, sophomore Jessica Bonham, and then a single by Stevens. A walk to Jones and a two-run single by freshman Somer Cronley cleared the bases. Cronley went 1-3 with two RBIs and scored twice.
Nation Ford would add three more runs in the third on a double by Stevens and Jones, and a two-run single by Baker.
Fort Mill made four errors to help Nation Ford's efforts. Their lone hit came from sophomore Ashley Jadwinski in the second inning.