Kirtland scored three runs in the top of the first inning of a 7-2 rain-shortened win at Cardinal on Friday.
The Hornets pounded out five extra-base hits in the win.
“We started quick and that was good to see,” said Kirtland coach Jamie Kamensky. “Our hitters showed a lot of adjustments, which is a huge positive going into the postseason.”
Emily Ungrady hit a two-run double and scored on a bases-loaded walk in the first. She finished 1-for-1 with three walks and also struck out three in three innings of work.
Danielle Davis singled and scored on Elizabeth Vernon’s third-inning double and Julia Camino, who was 2-for-2 with a double, singled and scored in the fifth to push Kirtland’s lead to 5-1.
The Hornets added two more in the sixth on Haleigh Getchell’s solo homer and Savanna Godfrey’s double, which knocked in Camino.
“We need to maintain this drive moving forward,” Kamensky said.
Morgan Faber pitched the final two innings for the Hornets.
She struck out five of the 11 batters she faced.
“My fastball and curveball were working best today,” Faber said of her outing. “I had a lot of spin and movement on the ball which was hard for the batters to track. Also, (Vikki Carriero’s) calls behind the plate helped me get ahead in the count.”
Faith Peters finished 2-for-2 with a home run for the Huskies while Kaitlyn Shantery, Sydney Hahner and Kayla Valentine also had hits for Cardinal.