COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton Rams softball team put on an impressive showing against the Shiloh Generals taking both games in commanding fashion.
The Rams were led by sophomore pitcher Hayden Pearson, who got it done for her team on the mound and at the plate. Pearson threw a perfect game in a game shortened to five innings and kept Generals batters confused all night.
To go along with Pearson's five-strikeout perfect five innings, she also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Since Pearson was pitching, Camiyah Smith came in as a courtesy runner for Pearson on the base paths. Smith made it all the way around to score both times and scored the first run of the game for the Rams.
Pearson has already shown how dominant she can be for the Rams in the pitching circle but has grown into becoming more and more of a dual-threat for the Rams. Although her bat got the job down in the Rams' first game, head coach Virginia Tucker-Smith still wants to help up her game as a pitcher.
"With her, we just have to work on stamina," said Tucker-Smith. "As the year's progress, I think she will be just as solid in three games as she is for one."
In game one, Pearson had some help at the plate as Kyla Stroud continued her hot run of play. Stroud went 3-for-3 with two doubles and her third home run of the season. Stroud scored two runs and had three RBIs to boost her team to an early 8-0 mercy-rule victory.
Pitching, defense and hitting were all working well in game one, and that trend continued in the Rams second match with the Generals.
It was Katelynn Anglin on the mound for the Rams in game two, and her team's explosive offense made it to where she only had to pitch two innings. In those two innings on the mound, Anglinn only allowed one unearned run on one hit and seemed to be a number two pitcher that the Rams could rely on if needed.
The Rams offense was most definitely the storyline in game two as they scored 22 runs on 20 hits in three innings. Anyone of the Rams could be highlighted for their play in the batter's box, as five of the nine starters went perfect at the plate.
Every Rams batter scored at least one time in the three-run game, and this has to be the type of offensive showing that Tucker-Smith is happy to see with playoffs looming.
The Rams were the visiting team in the second game, but the game was called after a very scary play in the top half of the third inning. Generals' third baseman Delanyie Hollis was struck in her face mask with a line drive. Hollis was life-flighted after the game. Many Rams and Generals players waited as Hollis was tended to after the play.
The Generals and Rams are both waiting to see who they will play in the playoffs, which are slated to start next week.