WEIRTON - Thursday's prep softball game between Madonna and Toronto turned into a scorekeeper's nightmare as the two teams sent 80 batters to the plate, combined to produce 25 hits and score 22 runs. In the end, Madonna's Amanda Paul, one of 18 players to get at least one hit, ended the game with a run-single with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, enabling the Blue Dons to down the Red Knights, 15-7, at Starvaggi Park.
"The game had a little bit of everything," Madonna (5-3) coach Chris Conti said. "We hit the ball well. We didn't hit the ball that well (Wednesday) night, but the girls came back and hit the ball well.''
Madonna outhit Toronto, 15-10. The two teams also combined to steal more than a dozen bases and made seven errors.
"We hit the ball great," Toronto (1-5) coach Kayla Mosti said. "We have worked hard on our at-bats. We have had live pitching at practice. We have hit the ball tremendously the last two games.
"We made some errors that cost us some runs, and that ultimately cost us the game.''
Courtney Kaczmarek picked up a victory as she struck out three and walked two.
Offensively, Emily Pietranton ended up with two singles and three RBI, Aubrey Platak tallied a single and three RBI and Montana Mascio collected a single, a double and two RBI. Also, Paul produced two singles and an RBI, Brianna Fierro finished with a run-scoring single and Becca Holt contributed three base hits. Finally, Taylor Thompson totaled two base hits.
The Blue Dons scored at least one run in every inning except the third. Madonna sent 39 batters to the plate and were never retired in order, while stealing 11 bases.
"We were aggressive," Conti said. "We are going to run when we have runners on base. We have a fast team and we are going to use our speed when we get the chance."
Desiree Meadows took the loss for Toronto. The freshman pitcher struck out one and walked six in her four innings of work in relief of starter and classmate Serena Burkey. Burkey contributed two strikeouts and one walk in her one inning inside of the circle.
Offensively, 10 players produced hits for the Red Knights. Individually, Burkey contributed a double and four RBI, Lexie Berger, Emily Kosikowski and Meadows all recorded a single.