HS Softball: Manchester Defeats Jackson Liberty 14-4

JACKSON-The Manchester Hawks had 21 hits in a 14-4 win over Jackson Liberty on Thursday with two home runs, including a long shot over the centerfield fence by Amanda Pati.

Manchester starting pitcher Nya Darnowski allowed 14 hits in the game in her first career varsity win.

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The Hawks took an early 4-0 lead over the Lions, but in the bottom of the third, Liberty’s bats started to come alive. Ashleigh Tavaska led off the inning with a long single up the middle followed by Emily Dubiago pulling Darnowski down the left field line for another single.    Erin Stilton drilled a shot deep to center field scoring Dubiago and Tavaska.

In the top of the 5th inning, Manchester broke the game open, scoring five more runs, taking a 9-2 lead.  The next inning Manchester added four more runs to make the score 13-2.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Stilton led off with a double down the left field line.  She later scored on a base hit to right by Illiana Flores.  In the bottom of the 7th inning, down 14-3, Tavaska reached on a hard line drive in the gap between left and center field.  Stilton belted her third double of the game to drive in Tavaska.

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Stilton led the Lions at the plate, going 3-4, belting three doubles and driving in 3 runs on the day.   Kaylee Book and Iliana Flores each went 2 for 3 with Flores driving in the fourth run for the Lions.  The Lions fell to 1-1 on the season.