What a great way to start.
No. 11 Rosewood opened the 1-A state playoffs with a 17-0 thrashing of No. 22 North Edgecombe in five innings Tuesday night.
The Eagles recorded 13 hits, while Summer Nelsen and Kaitlyn Kincaid combined to throw a perfect game.
"We came out expecting to jump on them early, and we did,” Rosewood head coach Shay Campbell said. “Once we saw how the game was going to go, everybody relaxed and tried to have fun, enjoyed the moment and played for each other.”
Rylee Joe Myers delivered a leadoff triple and stole home base, while Laine Marak hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Marak stole home base, Alecia Langdon was hit by a pitch, and two more runners stole home base to extend the lead to 6-0.
Alyssa Smothers and Mackenzie Amodeo both stole home in the bottom of the second inning to give Rosewood an 8-0 lead. Katie Smith’s solo homer pushed the lead to 10-0.
In total, Rosewood sent 17 batters to the plate in the first two innings.
Myers turned on the jets and hit an inside-the-park home run to give the Eagles an 11-0 advantage in the bottom of the third inning. Kincaid drilled a two-RBI single and later stole home base off a wild pitch, and Brittney Butts drew a bases-loaded walk to put Rosewood up 15-0.
Now in firm control of the game, Rosewood scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Myers hit a leadoff single, stole second, third and home base, while Marak hit an RBI single.
North Edgecombe failed to get a runner on base. In two innings of work, Nelsen struck out four of the six batters she faced. Kincaid tossed three innings of no-hit relief, striking out five and allowing zero walks.
The Eagles travel to sixth-seed Bear Grass Charter on Friday.
“We’re the higher seed, so we have to travel to them,” Campbell said. “We don’t know who they played, so we’ll have to do a little bit of scouting to find out what we can. I don’t know a whole lot about Bear Grass, but I want us to go up there and make a statement of who we are.”