STEUBENVILLE - Moore is better.
The job of a lead-off batter is to get on base and set the table for the rest of the team. Senior Ashley Moore did her job perfectly to lead the way for the Magnolia softball team against Catholic Central.
Moore recorded three hits, reached base safely four times and scored two runs as the Blue Eagles soared past the Crusaders, 3-0, Monday evening at the Steve Zamana Softball Field.
"She did a good job for them," Catholic Central (0-1) head coach Jim DiCarlo said. "She had a double in the first, and she had a little dinker that hurt us."
Moore doubled, singled twice and walked in her four at-bats.
"Ashley definitely did a good job for us," first-year Magnolia (3-1) head coach Dillon Mangino said. "Ashley was huge for us today. She set the table for the rest of our hitters."
Moore started the game with a double and scored two batters later on a groundout to short. In the third, Moore reached on a bloop hit to center with two outs, and scored on a two-run double by Abbey Durig three batters later.
Moore also singled in the fifth, and the leftfielder walked in the seventh.
Mallory Chapman collected the win for Magnolia. The senior allowed five hits, she struck out four and did not allow a walk.
"Mallory hit her spots," Mangino said. "She pitched ahead in the count. She kept her pitch count low. She did a great job today."
Chapman also helped her cause with a single and an RBI. Her RBI plated Moore in the top of the first inning.
Alex McComb took the loss for the Crusaders. McComb, the team's sophomore ace, allowed three runs on five hits. She struck out 11 and walked six.
Megan Lloyd and Shayna Mirabella each tallied two singles for the Crusaders. Brittany Bertoia also collected a base hit.
Both teams missed out on opportunities to score. The Crusaders left seven runners on base (six in scoring position), while the Blue Eagles left six and the bases loaded in the seventh inning without plating a run.
Both teams are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. today at home.
Catholic Central will play rival Toronto, while Magnolia will play Tyler Consolidated.
Magnolia 3, Catholic Central 0
Magnolia 102 000 0 - 3 5 3
Catholic Central 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
MAGNOLIA (3-1): Chapman (WP, 4K, 0BB) and Gibb; Moore 2S, D, Chapman S, RBI; Durig D, 2RBI.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL (0-1): McComb (LP, 11K, 6BB) and Daley; Bertoia S, Lloyd 2S, S. Mirabella 2S.