Sara Morales, Shenandoah

Shenandoah freshman Sara Morales run toward third base during a Shenandoah win over Stanton, Thursday, May 23.

SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah Fillies had two strong offensive innings in a 12-2 win over Stanton, Thursday, May 23.

The Fillies scored four runs in the first inning and then five in the fifth to finish the game early because of the 10-run rule.

Nichole Gilbert and Sara Morales were the big bats for the Fillies as both had three hits and four RBIs.

Delanie Voshell struggled with her control in the circle at times for Shenandoah, walking six Viqueens, but she left the bases loaded twice and finished all five innings, giving up two runs, one earned.

It was Shenandoah’s third try to play its season opener and while the Fillies got it in it wasn’t without adversity. The sprinklers came on during the day at the softball field and nobody noticed for a couple hours, so the game had to be moved to an adjacent field.

The Fillies responded nicely, though, with Delanie Voshell pitching her way out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning without giving up a run. Voshell sparked the offense with a strong single to start the home half of the first. She would come around to score, along with three of her teammates, on two-RBI singles by Morales and Gilbert. 10 Fillies came to the plate in the inning as Stanton pitcher Kaitlyn Bruce left the bases loaded and the Viqueen defense threw out a runner at the plate.

The teams traded runs in the third inning. Hope Ogletree singled in a run for the Viqueens. An Alexis McGinnis groundout drove in a run in the home half to put Shenandoah in front 5-1 after three.

The Fillies added two runs in the fourth. Gilbert singled in another run and Courtnee Griffen added an RBI.

Voshell walked the bases loaded to start the fifth, but got out of it surrendering just one run which Madalyn Johnson drove in.

The Fillies scored five in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Gilbert and Morales added to their RBI totals with the other two coming home on a wild pitch.

“15 hits is a good place for the first night,” Shenandoah coach Aaron Burdorf said. “Overall we played well.”

Voshell walked six, but struck out four and gave up just two hits.

“We have had the discussion (during the off-season) of controlling the ball in the strike zone,” Burdorf said on Voshell, “challenging people and trusting our defense. We talked between innings of what pitches can she throw for strikes.”

Voshell and Logan Hughes added two hits each for the Fillies. All nine starters had at least one hit as the Fillies improved to 1-0 on the season.

The loss dropped Stanton to 0-2. Kaitlyn Bruce went the distance in the circle.

“She settled down pretty good (after the first inning),” Stanton co-coach Brandie McFarland said on Bruce. “We’re a young team, every game we learn something new.”

The Viqueens managed just two hits and McFarland and Lacey Stephens, who share head coaching duties, said it’s something they are working on in practice.

“We are working on batting as much as possible,” said Stephens, “getting our head on the ball and getting it in play.”

Stanton and Shenandoah were scheduled to go the Red Oak Tournament, Saturday, May 26. That has been canceled.

The Fillies travel to Denison for a Hawkeye10 Conference doubleheader, Friday, May 25. Stanton is off until a home game with CAM, Thursday, May 30.

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