Murray • Olympus’ Haylee Eskelson was in control throughout the game. The right-handed hurler was nearly perfect, throwing first-pitch curveballs and keeping the Murray Spartans at bay.
Buffered by a 14-run advantage, with two outs in the fifth, Eskelson arched back and unwound her 40th pitch of the game. The Murray hitter popped the fastball toward right field, where Ashley Singleton made the final out.
Olympus 14, Murray 1
» Haylee Eskelson used only 40 pitches to down Murray 14-1 in five innings.
» Eskelson didn’t throw a single strikeout but didn’t give up a single walk.
» The Titans went through the lineup in the first two innings to build a 9-0 lead.
Clutching her mitt, Eskelson motioned toward Singleton and joined her team in the dugout to celebrate their 10th consecutive victory.
The Titans stopped the Spartans 14-1 with a combination of deft fielding, aggressive hitting and Eskelson’s poise in the circle.
Olympus coach Madi White said Eskelson provided the necessary tempo by getting that first strike.
"She is so calm on the mound. Her presence out there is her best quality," White said. "She comes out there with such a great attitude and it rubs off on everybody else."
Eskelson involved her entire defense. The junior threw back-spinning popups and grounders to retire the 15 hitters. She gave up only two hits with no walks.
"I’m always shooting for a first- pitch strike," Eskelson said. "That’s how I’m wired — to get ahead in the count."
Second baseman Miranda Johnson was dominant, gobbling up any grounders or pop-flies hit in her direction. She credited Eskelson’s control for enabling the defense to do its job.
"She just threw such a great game," Johnson said. "We’re all there behind her and she gave us groundballs to make the outs."
The Titans built a 9-0 advantage in the first two innings on the strength of the bottom of the lineup. Johnson, London Davis and Regan Everrett went 8-for-12 with slap-shot singles to get runners aboard.
"We’ve worked really hard to hit line drives," White said. "We planned on coming here and hitting the ball hard."
Eskelson couldn’t have been happier with her teammates’ performance at the plate.
"When my teammates are able to get runs, it is definitely that much easier to pitch," Eskelson said.
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