Hustlers get first victory over Slammers
As the dark clouds got closer, the Hustlers kept swinging the bat.
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Janelle Acott of the Hustlers hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, sparking the offence for the Hustlers in Senior Ladies Fastball league action on Tuesday at Caribou Heights. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Hustlers were able to escape the thunderstorm and the Slammers on Tuesday evening with a 12-5 victory.
This is the first Senior Ladies Fastball league win for the Hustlers at Caribou Heights.
“We dropped our first two (games), so we were feeling good about this one,” said Nicole Ansell of the Hustlers. “We didn’t want to drop another one because the first two were close games. This feels good to put a lot of runs on the board and get a win under our belts.”
The Slammers took a 5-0 lead after the top half of the first inning, but then their bats went cold the rest of the game.
“It was nice to see us start with the bats, but we just didn’t carry it through the whole game,” said Penny Barker of the Slammers. “The beginning of this game showed promise, but we just made a few errors and they are a good team and they capitalized on that.”
Janelle Acott sparked the Hustlers’ offence in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run that just went over the fence in left-centre field.
The Hustlers scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. They added four more in the sixth inning to seal the game.
“We are feeling really good and feeling confident,” said Ansell. “The first inning was a little bit ugly, but we came in after that inning and we decided to chip away and get a couple runs each inning and come back. That’s what we did and we are feeling confident at the plate.”
Pitcher Jess Wiens started the game for the Hustlers, but was injured when a ball came back and hit her in the knee. The Slammers had to face a new pitcher in Taylor Phillips early in the game.
“She went down, but Taylor Phillips came in and pitched a doozy,” said Ansell. “She is a new, young girl on the team and we are happy to have her. She was fantastic.”
It is still early in the season for the Slammers and they have a new mix of women on the team, a combination of their core and players from the Lasers team from last season.
“It is a mixture of two teams trying to learn how each other plays and getting to know each other,” said Barker. “So, it is going to be a bit of a learning curve off the start. We have shown a lot of improvements since our first couple of games.”
The Hustlers also have some new players, including Taylor Logan who went 3-for-4 on Tuesday night.
“We have three new girls on the team that bring a ton of talent, but are also gelling really nicely in the dugout,” said Ansell. “They have good positive attitudes and they are working really well with the core that we already have.”
The Slammers will move on from this game with the goal to continue to get better throughout games and into the season.
“I think if we keep improving a little bit every game, we will be right into the thick of things,” said Barker. I see good things for us in the future.”