Madison County’s softball team is feasting on runs, but opponents aren’t even sniffing the plate.
The Red Raiders improved to 9-0 this past week with two more shutout victories. Five of their nine wins have been shutouts and the girls from Danielsville have given up just nine runs on the year.
The latest blowout came at Lumpkin County Tuesday, as Red Raider Randee Bettis came up just short of a perfect game, giving up just one walk in a seven-inning no-hitter.
“We played great defense and Randee pitched well obviously,” said Red Raider head coach Doug Kesler. “And we had some timely hits.”
Yes, the Red Raiders are hitting too.
Madison County blasted 13 hits en route to the 7-0 road win over the Indians. The Red Raiders scored one run in the first, five in the fourth and one in the seventh inning Tuesday. The team is now batting an eye-popping .380 for the year.
Five players smacked two hits Tuesday: Bri Carr (1 RBI), Ivie Drake, Jorden Williams (2 RBIs), Haley Gordon, Kayla Argo (1 RBI) and Dani Lukas.
The pummeling of Lumpkin followed a 15-0 blowout of Johnson of Gainesville on the road Thursday.
Alexis Damron improved to 3-0 on the year, allowing just one hit and one walk, while fanning eight batters in five innings.
“She had good velocity and threw the ball well,” said Doug Kesler.
Once again, the Red Raiders clobbered the ball against Johnson. Madison County scored four in the first, one in the second and five in both the fourth and fifth innings versus Johnson, while smashing 15 hits.
“The team batting average is pretty strong — it would be nice to keep that up,” said Kesler, noting that his squad will see plenty of challenging opponents on the mound this season.
The long-time coach said Drake and Lukas have been hitting the ball particularly well. He added that sophomore Courtney Alexander has also swung the bat well lately.
Drake was 2-for-3 versus Johnson, while Williams went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double. Alexander was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Lukas was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double, while Bettis doubled and drove home three runs.