Smyrna tops Delmar 10-5 in softball season opener

Nicki Shirey

SMYRNA — The Smyrna High softball team was excited to finally begin its season.

That showed in the first couple of innings.

After days of bad weather, the Eagles opened up the year with a 10-5 victory over Delmar High on Monday afternoon. Smryna scored six runs in the first and added two more in the second to lead wire-to-wire.

“It felt really great to come out here and play,” said junior Sara Miller. “Everybody had a role and we all played great together. It felt good to play as a family and have a great start to our season.”

Miller and Kaelyn Press each tripled home a run in the first two innings. Press ended the game with three RBI while Julia Thuer knocked in pair of runs.

Smyrna also played Delmar in the beginning of the season a year ago. That day, though, the Eagles got off to a slow start and fell 10-4.

“It was the opposite last year on the scoreboard,” said Smyrna coach Nicki Shirey. “This is one the girls really wanted.”

And aside from a few new additions, this is virtually the same Eagle team from 2017.

Smyrna had zero seniors on its roster a year ago when the Eagles finished the regular season 15-3. With all those returners, the Eagles carried some high expectations into this spring.

“From the last game of last year these girls have wanted it so badly,” Shirey said. “They couldn’t wait for this year to come. They put a lot of work in in the offseason and they’ve been ready to go since then.”

Press got it started for the Eagles with a two-RBI triple in the first inning. She came around to score on a double-steal before Thuer drove in Miller with a sacrifice fly.

Abigail Mace plated another run on a base-hit and Olivia Faragher capped the six-run first by scoring on a passed ball.

The lead was soon 8-0 after Miller’s RBI-triple to score Press and a RBI-single by Thuer which knocked in Miller in the second inning.

“They couldn’t wait to get out on the field to play a real game,” Shirey said. “I had all the confidence in the world in them. The energy level was high and they didn’t let up.”

Delmar, the reigning state runner-up, answered in the top of the third with five runs to draw withing 8-5. Autumn Boothe highlighted the inning with a three-run home run.

Smyrna scored a pair of insurance runs in the fifth on two RBI groundouts. Payton Dixon meanwhile kept the Wildcats off the board by throwing four and a third scoreless innings.

Lexi Moore and Kayla Wilson paced the Smyrna offense with two hits apiece while Miller and Press each scored twice.

“We have a great chemistry together,” Miller said. “A lot of us have been playing together for a long time and it shows on the field.”

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