Eagle softball team opens with a victory

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

UNIONTOWN — Uniontown High’s Eagle girls opened the 2009 softball season Thursday with an 11-1 victory over St. Paul High’s Indians.
The Three Rivers League doubleheader was interrupted because of rain. The second game will be made up at a later date.
The Eagles and Indians played the final three innings of their five-inning first game in a steady drizzle. It didn’t seem to bother the Eagles.
After a scoreless first inning, Uniontown scored three runs in each of the next three frames. The Eagles led 6-0 when the Indians scored a run in the fourth.
Uniontown added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the win on a 10-run rule.
Tayler Shook pitched a complete game for Uniontown. She allowed one hit, walked two and recorded seven strikeouts.
Shook also led the Eagle offense with a single and a double. Candice Clayton and Hope Jurgensen each had two singles. Heather Schnichels, Jessie Camac and Tiffany Poyner had a single apiece.
“We were able to consistently hit the ball, move runners and score effectively,” said Alan Shinn, Eagle head coach. “Defensively, we were always in position to make the correct play, although we did not always execute the plays.”
Shinn said he was pleased overall with the way the Eagle girls played and “it was great to start the season with a victory.”
Uniontown (1-0) goes to Yates Center Tuesday.