The Holly Springs Golden Hawks only needed five innings to defeat Athens Drive softball with a 10-0 win on Tuesday night. Holly Springs’ bats came alive and displayed superb pitching to win in dominating fashion.
The Hawks were firing on all cylinders at the plate as seven different hitters drove in runs.
Holly Springs’ center fielder Alyssa Green went 2-for-3 with a triple and a home run and drove in two. Holly Springs’ left fielder Lindsay Mitchell also went 2-for-3 with two triples, while also contributing three RBIs of her own.
The Hawks scored a run in the first and second inning, but started to heat up in the bottom half of the third. A leadoff double by shortstop M.K. Myers started the inning off and a walk to second baseman Tia Burt put runners on first and second.
Green reached first base on an infield error, which created a bases loaded situation for Mitchell. Mitchell smacked a bases clearing triple to the outfield to give Holly Springs a 7-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Green drove the ball deep over the center field fence to put the Golden Hawks up 8-0.
“I was just trying to make contact and it happened to go over the fence,” Green said. “That was honestly the best home run I’ve ever hit in my life.”
Pitching was brilliant for the Golden Hawks as they completed a combined no-hitter in a shortened five-inning game. Holly Springs’ Alyssa Brown pitched four innings and gave up no hits and had four strikeouts. Sydney Collins relieved Brown in the top of the fifth to keep the no hit bid going.
Holly Springs (6-3, 4-2) finished the game in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to complete the 10-run rule and combined no-hitter.
“I’m proud of our hitting game, we’ve been kind of struggling at the plate and it looked like my girls were confident and we unloaded and got some really good hits,” Holly Springs coach Emily Pierce said.
Athens Drive (0-7, 0-4) is still winless on the season. The Jaguars recorded two walks, which were the only base runners for the day.