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Lady Rattlers Win Opener At Danville, Fall To Lavaca

<p><strong>Sacrifice</strong>. Magazine first baseman Loren Mathews takes a throw from Kayla Canada to retire a Lavaca batter who put down a bunt to move a runner over Friday.</p>

Sacrifice. Magazine first baseman Loren Mathews takes a throw from Kayla Canada to retire a Lavaca batter who put down a bunt to move a runner over Friday.

Madison Cotton hit a home run and a triple, Megan Hall tripled twice and Destiny Bennett had three hits for Magazine in a season opening 15-3 five inning route of Danville Thursday.

Magazine didn’t open the season until Thursday due to a winter storm that postponed the scheduled opener against a JV team from Greenwood. The Lady Rattlers were on the receiving end of a shortened game the following day, losing 10-0 to Lavaca in six innings.

Lady Rattlers 15

Danville 3

Madison Cotton hit an inside-the-park home run leading off the first for the Lady Rattlers and Bennett grounded in to a bases loaded force play for the second run, with another scoring on the play. After Kalyn Bryan singled, Megan Hall did as well to make it 4-1.

Danville got two runs back against Kayla Canada (1-0) in their half of the inning but Canada struck out the side and would finish with seven strike outs.

Cotton started a five run second with a triple. She scored on a single by Canada who scored on a ground ball out by Dena Watson. Bennett later singled and Hall had her second triple of the day and it was 9-2.

With two down in the third Taylor Epperson singled home a run and Magazine tacked on two more to lead 12-2.

Aboard via a fielder’s choice, Cotton scored for the fourth time in the fourth inning, on a hit by Caitlyn Reed to make it 13-2.

Epperson tripled and scored on a single by Bennett and Bennett later scored on a ground out by Loren Mathews.

Danville managed its only other run against Canada in the bottom of the fifth.

Lavaca 10

Lady Rattlers 0

In their home opener Friday the Lady Rattlers advanced runners to third in both the first and second innings but were unable to get them home. By the time they came into the dugout for their third at bat Lavaca had pulled out to a 4-0 lead.

After a walk and a pair of hit batsmen in the third and fourth innings, Magazine had its final scoring opportunity snuffed out when Kayla Canada was retired at the plate on an infield ground ball by Taylor Epperson.

Canada and Caitlyn Reed had singled in the inning, accounting for half of the Lady Rattler hits.

Already leading 4-0 Lavaca tacked on three runs in the fourth to make it 7-0 and three more in the sixth to make it 10-0.

Erica Schuster led Lavaca with three hits and three RBI in support of Crawford who allowed four hits and struck out 13 in the complete game win.

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