NEW MARTINSVILLE - Magnolia softball coach Mark Batton said he's been waiting five years to see someone hit the scoreboard in left field.
When Marissa Bosley accomplished the feat in the sixth inning, it was the exclamation point for the Blue Eagles in a 8-4 victory against Cameron on Thursday at Hydro Field.
Bosley's shot was her second of the game - and first two of the season - as the senior catcher went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
PHOTO BY JOSH STROPE
Magnolia’s Marissa Bosley (3) is forced out at home by Cameron catcher Linda Hall as Blue Eagles coach Mark Batton, top right, looks on Thursday.
''I was tickled to death to see Marissa be the one to do it,'' Batton said. ''She has been hitting the ball hard all year and has had some long shots but just unable to get it out of the park. That was pretty impressive to knock two out, especially against Tara (Paczewski).''
Bosley's first home run of the season came in the fourth inning as she took the 0-1 pitch over the head of Cameron center fielder Kristen McDowell and out of the ballpark in right center. The two-out home run also drove in Makenzie Dawson for a 6-2 Magnolia lead.
''That was a pretty impressive shot,'' Cameron coach Mark Witzberger said. ''Tara doesn't give up home runs so that was impressive.''
Magnolia (16-2) jumped on Paczewski early with four runs on three hits in the first inning. Cameron (15-5) helped out with two errors to put itself in an early hole.
Emily Blake provided the big hit with a bases-loaded single past the shortstop that drove in two runs. The Blue Eagles' other runs came off an error from a missed catch in the outfield and an RBI groundout from Jordan Babe.
''The first inning was pretty tough,'' Witzberger said. ''They got down a little, but they bounced right back. I'm really proud of how they responded.''
Cameron was able to cut the lead in half with two runs in the third inning, one coming from an RBI single by Linda Hall and the other a missed catch on a throw to first that would have ended the inning.
Bosley's blast in the fourth gave Magnolia some breathing room.
Cameron scored runs in the fifth (RBI single by Taylor Whipkey) and sixth (RBI double by Cassidi Richmond) innings but Magnolia was able to match them by scoring on an error in the fifth and Bosley's scoreboard shot in the sixth.
''Cameron is a very well-coached, good ball team and Tara does a fine job pitching,'' Batton said. ''We are pleased to come out with a win like this. We always talk about getting off to a good start and going up 4-0 really built some momentum.
''Defensively we've got to make the routine plays and a couple times we didn't do that. Luckily the bats were alive and Marissa had a great game. We played well but we still have to continue to work at it.''
Tori Tharp had a solid day in the circle for the Blue Eagles, striking out 13 and not issuing a walk. Paczewski struck out three and walked two.
''We scored some runs but we also gave them some runs,'' Witzberger said. ''A few different circumstances, who knows how it would have turned out. These kids have a lot of heart and we are going to be fine down the road. We don't play too many teams of this caliber and the way they battled, it speaks volumes about them.''