EATON TWP. — Maycee and Madison made life difficult for Midview on Monday.
That would be Elyria’s Maycee Godbolt and Madison Olszewski, who hit and pitched the Pioneers past the Middies 14-5 in the season opener for both teams.
Godbolt provided the offense, going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored. Olszewski provided shut-down relief pitching after the Middies cut the lead to 6-5 in the sixth.
“Last year I struggled a little bit at first,” Godbolt said. “I was just coming up to the plate to make contact to get some runs home. It felt good to be able to hit a couple of them out.”
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run the second, but the Middies went up 3-1 with the help of a pair of Elyria errors. Kaeli Evins and Katie Weaver had RBIs for the Middies.
The lead didn’t last as the Pioneers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring five times. Mallory Phares, who was 3-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, drove home a pair with a single to center and Godbolt pulled an off-speed pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer with two down and first base open.
“I was really surprised they pitched to me,” Goldbolt said.
“I really thought they would walk me. I struggled hitting the change-up before and now I know how to hit it clean and work the count.”
Godbolt’s home run was nearly erased by Midview, which put the first four batters on in the fifth against starter Izzy St. Peter (1-0). Evins reached on an error and Marcella McMahon crushed a ball over the fence in dead-center to pull the Middies within a run.
Weaver (3-4) singled and Sara Liszeski walked to chase St. Peter and move Olszewski from third to the pitcher’s circle.
Olszewski got a fly ball to right, a strikeout and a ground out to third to stop the Middies threat.
“That felt really good,” Olszewski said. “It’s always nice to be counted on as a pitcher. I’m glad I could help the team and that he (coach Ken Fenik) decided to put me in at that moment and trust me to get out of that situation.”
“We made the switch in that inning and give them a different look,” Fenik said of the Middies. “We had someone else ready to go just in case, but I was really proud of her effort to come in and get some big outs for us.”
The Pioneers then pulled away, sending 11 batters and scoring eight runs in the sixth.
Kerrigan Williams drove in two with a single to right, Godbolt drove a pitch the opposite direction to right-center for her second home run, St. Peter knocked in a run and Jessica Chapman (2-4) knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Godbolt topped off her big day with a single to left for her second hit of the inning and the final run of the game.
“They (Elyria) were real patient at the plate and hit the ball where it was pitched,” Middies coach Mike Ives said. “It was the kind of game I expected. It’tough this early in the year and we have a lot to work on. We’ll go back to the drawing board and get things fixed.”