Central, Duddles slam Canada, 18-2, in Big League action

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : USA Central’s Grace Quiggle (#4) gets dual support from her teammates during Central’s 18-2 victory over Canada in the Big League Softball World Series.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : USA Central’s Grace Quiggle (#4) gets dual support from her teammates during Central’s 18-2 victory over Canada in the Big League Softball World Series.A second-inning grand slam was just one of many Central successes Monday night during two straight innings of unbridled scoring against Canada (Windsor, Ont.) in Big League Softball World Series play.

Already ahead with six runs and two outs by the second inning, Central’s Caileigh Duddles crushed a grand-slam homerun on her first swing, lifting the score for Grand Rapids, Mich.

Earlier that inning, Central had already capitalized off Duddles’ single and A.J. Castle’s double, racking up RBIs on Hannah Horvath’s bunt and Brit McLain’s smack.

Sarah Newhouse doubled to help load bases when Duddles grand-slammed, upping the score to 10-1.

Central kept going in the third, although Canada’s third-baseman tagged a runner out. Central kept hitting load bases, ready for Anderson Stallings’ double hit/double RBI. More RBIs came from Duddles, Castle and Schyler Selander.

Canada’s shortstop, Hannah McClounie, ended the streak with a quick ground-out, although Central would earn another six runs in the third inning.

Central’s Danielle Freeman finished the game with two RBIs, as well.

But Canada wouldn’t allow a total shutout, fighting back in the first inning. Bailey Dell and McClounie hit doubles, the latter reaching home. Kayla Wolanski also ran home in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The game ended early on the 10-run rule.

“Getting a big league lets us step out of our comfort zone, try new things,” said Duddles.

The early lead meant Central could allow more girls to play, instead of relying on starters all night.

Stallings said she loves supporting her team, but she was even more excited to help them win in the batter’s box.

Newhouse said she still needed to work on nerves in her first World Series, but the girls got to practice picking their pitches. They said the team chemistry is already strong, so they could improve technique in a real game situation.

“I thought everyone played awesome,” said Selander.