CLINTON – River Queen Field was a hitter’s paradise for the Ashford University softball team on Wednesday night, as the Saints put on an offensive clinic against the Eagles of AIB.
Juniors Shelby Hobelman and Alex Bitto each connected for two home runs as the Saints produced a pair of five-inning wins, 15-3 and 13-5. With the wins, Ashford improves to 13-12 on the year.
“Our players love hitting in this ball park.” Head Coach Kevin Jannusch said. “Everyone seems to trust their swings in this park and tonight we showed what we can do. We know we can be a dangerous team offensively and hopefully this jump-starts a few of our kids that have struggled over the last few weeks.”
Game One: Ashford 15 – AIB 3 (5 inn.)
AIB jumped on top in their first at-bat of the game when Kaili Wells hit a towering three-run shot off Ashford starter Kendra Roth. The Saints would cut the lead down to one in the bottom of the inning when Siera Spaihu and Katelyn Hair drew a pair of bases loaded walks.
In the second inning, the Saints would blow the game wide open, scoring 10 runs on five hits and taking advantage of four Eagle errors. Nicole Interrante evened the score at three with a bases loaded walk, setting the stage for Hobelman to put the Saints ahead for good with a grand slam that just cleared the left field wall for her second home run of the season.
Later in the inning, Bitto belted her first homer of the year with a screaming line drive that cleared the center field wall for a two-run shot. The Chicago Heights, Ill.-native added her second dinger of the game in the fourth with a lead-off home run over the right field wall to make it 14-3.