CENTERBURG — East Knox Bulldogs (6-3) pitcher Cami Bailey picked up a pair of wins — one as a starter and another in relief — helping her team to a Saturday doubleheader sweep of the host Centerburg Trojans in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference softball, 9-3 and 6-5.
In the nightcap, Cami Bailey moved in from third base to relieve Game 2 starting pitcher Abby Bailey, with two outs in the second and the Bulldogs in the lead. She went on to scatter nine hits over the next six innings, yielding four walks and striking out one.
She started the opener, tossing a complete game, four-hitter, allowing a pair of walks and fanning five. Offensively, she went 4-for-9 in the two games and drove in teammate Anjel Montgomery home with the winning run in the eighth inning of the second game.
“We came out pretty confident in ourselves,” Cami Bailey said. “We knew we would have to battle to win and, if they were hitting, we needed to be better. No matter what, we weren’t going to give up. We were going to shake everything off and keep going.”
The Bulldogs came out strong in Game Two with four runs in the opening inning. Mya Gonsalues highlighted the inning with an RBI double and Abby Bailey knocked in a run with a single.
The Trojans came back, when Kaitlyn Tenzos doubled and scored in the second inning. The Trojans got a third inning walk from Goulter, who went on to score on a passed ball. Then, Amelia Smith reached on an error and scored on a ground out by teammate Noa Sesma. Olivia Ross scored on a passed ball, in the Trojans’ fourth, to knot the game at 4. Centerburg took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, when Sesma reached on an error, allowing Smith score. With two out in the inning, Ross was hit by the pitch to load the bases, but Allie Beekman followed with a grounder to Abby Bailey to force out Ross at second, keeping it a one-run game.
Cami Maybury led off the Bulldogs’ eighth with a walk and advanced to third on an error, before Cami Bailey pushed her across with the game-winning run.
“My goal, when I’m out there, is to just hit the ball,” Cami Bailey said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Centerburg pitcher Makenna Martindale gave up 10 hits and fanned four batters, going the full seven innings in the opener.
“After the first inning, she really settled down,” said Centerburg Trojans coach Tim Rioux. “Our defense backed her up and she threw a lot of first pitch strikes. We hit better in that second game, too.”
There was little in doubt about Game 1, which saw the Bulldogs amass 18 hits and score a pair of runs in each of the final three innings. Cami Bailey fired a 4-hitter, walking two and striking out five.
“Oh my gosh,” said Homer Simmons. “Cami had a great day, winning both games, and she came out with a single to win (Game 2). I have a lot of faith in her. As a team, we started hitting the ball really well. That’s something we’ve been focusing on.”
Also for the Bulldogs, Hallie Rine, Gonzalves and Abby Bailey were each 3-for-4 in the opener. Gonzalues scored three times. Teammate Ashley Hull was 2-for-5, scoring twice.
The Trojans, who fall to 4-7 (0-6 KMAC) will host Delaware Christian on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday at 5 p.m. against visiting KMAC rival Northmor.
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