ARCANUM – The Arcanum Lady Trojans run ruled the visiting Miami East Lady Vikings 21-0 in five-innings of Cross County Conference play on senior night in Arcanum.
“They played well tonight,” said Arcanum Coach Rick Stone. “Senior night … a lot of emotion tonight for them and a couple of girls that don’t get to play as often got to play tonight being seniors. They did a nice job and hit the ball for us tonight. We’re just getting ready and hopefully can tune things up for the tournament.”
Arcanum honored eight seniors before the Tuesday night game: Lucy Shannon, Hannah Weaver, Cassidy Clark, Brittany Kinney, Kaitlyn Zell, Brenna Loxley, McKenzie Sharritts and Shai Robinson.
“Great group of kids,” Stone said. “I’ve been with them their whole high school career. A lot of these girls I coached them back when they were nine and 10 years old in travel ball. They are like daughters to me and my heart goes out to all of them.”
“They are going to be great human beings and are going to have wonderful lives outside of softball,” continued Stone. “They bring a winning atmosphere to the program here and the younger girls look up to them. They are great leaders … they’ll be truly missed.”
The Lady Trojans took a 1-0 lead after one-inning of play and plated two second-inning runs to lead 3-0 after two complete.
The Arcanum girls put nine third-inning runs on the board including a Brittany Kinney 3-run shot over the outfield fence to lead 12-0 after three.
The Lady Trojans put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth with its second nine-run outburst in as many innings with the big hit of the inning coming off the bat of Kaylee Wilcox, a grand slam over the outfield fence.
Elle Siculan pitched four-inning of shutout ball including four strikeouts and Macy Skelton set the Lady Vikings down in order in the top of the fifth including a strikeout in the 21-0 win.
At the plate for Arcanum, Kaylee Wilcox went 2-3 with a grand slam and a double, Brittany Kinney was 2-2 including a 3-run homer, Shai Robinson banged out three doubles to go 3-4 on the night and McKenzie Sharritts collected three singles to go 3-4 in the win.
“If can’t have fun playing the game why do you play it,” Coach Stone said of his coaching style. “We’re here to win but I want the girls to enjoy it also and I think it goes with our numbers. We have a full JV squad, a full varsity squad and the girls have fun. They take care of business but they also have fun in the process.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Kaylee Wilcox drills a grand slam home run for the Lady Trojans in CCC win over Miami East (Gaylen Blosser photo)