The Northshore High softball team started off 6-5A play with a bang Thursday afternoon, and in the process helped their coach makes some history.
Northshore defeated Fontainebleau 9-2 in Slidell, securing the 500th career victory for NHS softball coach Marian Eades.
Wasting little time getting going, the Panthers (5-2, 1-0) pushed across three runs in the first inning. Emma McCormick left off with a double. With one out, catcher Mallory Suberville drove in McCormick with an RBI single. Two batters later Suberville scored on an RBI double by Sydney Tycer and Tycer would later score on an RBI double by second baseman Alora McInnis.
McInnis finished as the leading hitter on the day for Northshore, going 3-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three runs driven in. McCormick also had a solid day, going 2-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored.
“I thought we adjusted well to the (Fontainebleau) pitching as a team,” McInnis said. “We made the adjustments we needed to at the plate. The key was we were seeing the ball well and everybody made good contact. This is definitely how you want to start off league play.”
Up 3-2 after Fontainebleau (3-2, 0-2) pushed across a pair of runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Alyssa Hall and a bases loaded walk by Grace Saizan, the Panthers answered with two runs of their own after a two-run double by McInnis.
While the Panther bats pounded out nine hits, Montana Young (5-2) was solid in the circle. Picking up the complete game victory, she allowed only two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out eight and walking two. Young retired 15 of the last 16 batters she faced in the circle.
“I was able to adjust my approach, especially the second time through the lineup,” Young said. “I made some changes with the location of my screwball and once we did that things got better.
“What I also like is that I’m given the opportunity to also hit this season. It gives me more to do and helps me focus.”
Melinda Jacob (3-2) was the losing pitcher for Fontainebleau
The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, March 6 in a showdown against Mandeville, while Fontainebleau returns home against Hammond, also on March 6.