South Pointe pounded out 16 hits and got a strong pitching performance from senior right-hander Jamie Rankin to defeat Great Falls 14-2 in a non-region game at South Pointe Wednesday afternoon.
The Stallions used solid hitting coupled with six stolen bases and five Great Falls’ errors to pick up the victory.
“We hit the ball much better today,” said South Pointe head coach Ryan Morrison. “We have played only five games thus far, and I can see us getting better at the plate. We really worked hard in the offseason on getting better at the plate.”
Rankin pitched the first three innings and picked up the win. She allowed only one hit, while striking out six and walking none. Kamryn Culp and Isabella Dunn each pitched one inning in relief.
“Jamie is our main pitcher. I thought she did a very good job of throwing strikes today,” said Morrison. “She is our leader on the field, and she has really worked to improve her pitching as well as her performance at the plate.”
After South Pointe built a 14-0 lead when three innings were complete, Great Falls scored its only runs in the fourth inning.
Khari Talford drove in Kerrigan Mullis with the first run. Kaylee Lloyd plated Morgan Lubojacky with the second Red Devils’ tally.
The win helped the Stallions erase the memory of Tuesday night’s region loss to Union.
“It helped us to get back out there today, and do all lot of things well,” said Morrison. “We have preached about doing the little things well all the time. We did a lot of little things right today.”
The Stallions wasted no time in scoring. Four hits, three stolen bases, one walk, and three errors by Great Falls gave South Pointe a 6-0 lead after one inning of play.
Eight South Pointe players got hits, including six who had more than one. The Stallions played errorless ball in the field.
Tamia Gladney and Rankin each had three hits for South Pointe. One of Rankin’s was a double. Gladney drove in two runs with three singles.
Scarlett Gilmore had two hits, drove in one run and stole two bases. Rachel Bridges and Culp both doubled and singled. Kayt Houston had two hits and drove in one run.
Great Falls plays at McBee on Friday. South Pointe plays in the Lewisville Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
WP - J. Rankin. LP - R. Coyle. 2B - J. Rankin, R. Bridges (SP).
Leading hitters: Great Falls - M. Lubojacky 1-2, Khari Talford 1-2, RBI, Kaylee Lloyd 1-2, RBI; South Pointe - Kamryn Culp 2-3, RBI, Kayt Houston 2-4, RBI, Jamie Rankin 3-4, Rachel Bridges 2-3, Scarlett Gilmore 2-3, RBI, Tamia Gladney 3-3, 2 RBI.
Records: Great Falls 5-2, South Pointe 2-3.