Kirtland’s bats came alive in a loss to Crestwood on Tuesday but the Hornets carried that momentum into Wednesday’s 10-0 win over visiting Trinity.
The Hornets pounded out a season-best 15 hits in the win, including two for extra bases.
“It took a little bit to get going, but the key tonight is that we kept our head down and watched the ball,” said Kirtland coach Jamie Kamensky. “We were able to string hits together. That’s a huge growth.”
Kirtland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Madison Matijevic hit a two-out single and scored on Gianna Cantini’s triple.
Bella Hostutler made it 2-0 when she doubled with two outs in the bottom of the third and scored on Matijevic’s single.
The Hornets blew the game open with eight runs on nine hits in the fifth.
Hostutler, Matijevic, Cantini, Nikolena Samac, and Chloe Ungrady all hit singles before the Trojans recorded the first out of the inning. Ava Puruczky, Stephanie Drazetic, and Gianna DiFranco all hit one-out singles before turning the lineup over.
Hostutler’s second single of the inning invoked the run rule.
Hostutler and Matijevic both finished the game with three hits while Cantini, Ungrady, and Drazetic all recorded two-hit games. Cantini also knocked in a team-best two runs.
For several of the Hornets, their production is a sign of things to come.
“Chloe looked comfortable at the plate tonight. She has the power and strength. She’s starting to settle in and start to see the ball better,” Kamensky said. “Drazetic came up big. Early in the year she showed a lot of potential and turned my head because of some of her at-bats and today she really came through and showed she can do the job. It’s great to see the young ones starting to blossom.”
Cantini went the distance in the circle. She allowed just three hits and struck out nine in the five-inning shutout.
With the win, Kirtland improved to 3-6 on the year and with their bats coming around, Kamensky is confident the young Hornets are turning a corner.
“We have to take care of our business and step up and win when we have the chance,” she said. “We are hopefully going to Chagrin Falls on Saturday and building momentum with wins is the next step. We have been playing solid, we just need to start believing and showing we can win.”
Camryn Dorris, Summer Wrobel, and Mary Vitale all had hits for the Trojans.