PANDORA — The good news for Pandora-Gilboa is the Rockets scored their first run of the season. The bad news for the Rockets was their opponent, Bluffton, already had 23 runs as the Pirates posted a 24-1 win on a chilly non-conference affair Friday.
Bluffton improves to 3-1 for the season and Pandora-Gilboa falls to 0-3.
“We got a lot of girls to play and that was the main focus,” Bluffton head coach Tony Rumer said. “Our second pitcher was a freshman and it was actually her first time to pitch.”
Coming into this season, the Rockets roster consisted or 12 players who have not played softball since grade school and three returners. To make matters worse, the Rockets top pitcher coming into the season was sidelined with a broken leg.
“We are trying to improve each game,” Rocket head coach Kurt Mullins said. “We set a goal to improve each game and get more confidence. This is a big jump for them right now.”
Bluffton dominated from the beginning when the Pirates posted 13 runs in the first inning after taking advantage of walks, wild pitches and Rocket miscues.
In the first frame, every Pirate batter scored. In that frame, Bluffton had four walks, five hits and Pandora-Gilboa committed four errors and had numerous wild pitches.
Bluffton reached the 20-run mark in the next inning when the Pirates scored seven more runs.
Bluffton could have scored a ton more runs in the final three innings, however, Tony Rumer directed his girls to record outs by leaving first early to speed up the inevitable.
Pirate hitter Avery Rumer had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI. Pitcher Libby Schaadt helped her cause by going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. Brinkley Garmatter was 2 for 3 with three runs scored.
Schaadt, who started, threw three perfect innings as she struck out six of the nine batters she faced.
Grace Myers came in to get in some work and she gave up three hits and one run while striking out one in her two innings of work.
The Pirates lone run came when Kaileigh Morris collected the Rockets’ first hit, was moved to second and then third on a walk from Kaylynne Kloeppinger and a hit from Taylor Deleruyelle. Morris then scored on a wild pitch.
“We are glad we got the run scratched out,” Mullins said. “Three girls got hits today and it was their first hits of their high school career so all those are positives. We are trying to stay positive with the girls and it is nice that Bluffton showed really good sportsmanship, leaving base early, and it not being a huge blowout and I respect the coach over there.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.