CLAYTON — The Cascade softball team isn’t used to getting raked like it did on Thursday.
Two home runs and six RBI by Ashton Slone highlighted Plainfield’s offensive onslaught, as the Quakers handed the Class 2A No. 2 Cadets a 12-0 thumping.
“We’ve been close so many times, in games where we didn’t finish,” Plainfield coach Brad Beaman said. “This week we went back to basics in every aspect of the game. It was a team effort tonight.”
Meanwhile, nothing worked for Cascade. Not in the circle, not at the plate.
“We got down in the count, couldn’t hit, had two errors and Plainfield hit the crap out of the ball,” said Cascade coach Don Helmick, whose team entered the game with a spotless 14-0 record.
Slone kicked off Plainfield’s scoring with an RBI double in the first inning, and the Quakers upped their lead in the third when a Cascade error off the bat of Mackenzie Reeder brought home Kendyl Wheeler.
Cascade’s Kellie Mink came in with an out in the fourth after starting pitcher Kate Breedlove walked two. Mink received the same treatment as Breedlove, as a two-run double by Reeder and a two-run homer by Slone made it 6-0.
Slone, a freshman, has impressed during her first varsity season.
“She has a bright future, that’s for sure,” Beaman said. “She’s a combination first baseman and catcher, has good pop and is a good teammate.”
With two runners on in the sixth, Slone blasted her second homer of the game. Kiah Ferrell followed with an RBI double, and Darien Garrigus sent a shot over the wall in left field for a 12-run lead.
Plainfield pitcher Ashlee Gibson went the distance, had seven strikeouts and benefited from solid defense in the field.
“Our pitching has been good, but we’ve made too many mistakes,” Beaman said. “We worked on the fundamentals, the little things, and they pulled it together.”