SETH - The Sherman High softball team broke in their new ballpark with a pair of wins over cross-county rivals Van and Scott on Saturday.
The field came to the Lady Tide thanks to the contributions of the Jimmy Craig family.
Head coach Jim Henderson gave thanks for the contribution during a pregame ceremony where the Lady Tide honored their all-time, all-state softball players.
Henderson spoke about the field and what a special day it was for Tide nation.
"He (Craig) doesn't want recognition for this and it goes to show that there is still kindness in people," Henderson said. "It also says a lot about our softball program and it is amazing for these girls to come to this ballpark. I can't express how appreciative we are. We are excited and we just want the last game of our season to be a victory."
Henderson spoke about the play of his squad in their first two games. The field of play was surprisingly good considering the amount of rain the area has endured over the last two weeks and the fact that the surface of the park has never been played on.
"Our defense was good behind Autumn and we hit the ball really well today," Henderson said. "Autumn (Thompson) was pretty sharp and the team supported her. These are good wins to start our season."
Sherman (2-0) wasted no time in game one as the maroon and gold jumped on Van (0-1) early and came out of the contest with a 10-0 mercy rule victory after four innings.
Standout pitcher Monica Bias was on the mound for Van, and the game was the debut for new Van coach Mike LaFauci.
Sherman's all-state pitcher Thompson picked up where she left off in the state tournament last season, giving up only a hit to Haleigh Brown as she navigated the Lady Bulldog batting order and picked up seven strikeouts along the way.
At the plate, the hurler mashed a home run while teammate Zoie Hess mashed a four-bagger of her own and picked up three RBIs for her squad.
In game two, Sherman faced Scott (0-1) and Hess was the star again, bashing a leadoff, game-ending bomb in the fifth inning to end the game, 8-0. Thompson was again sharp on the bump, striking out 10 Lady Skyhawks and giving up a single hit to Jayden Elkins.
Scott's star hurler Lexi Phillips was on the hill for the Lady Skyhawks, but her teammates were unable to figure out Thompson at the plate. The Lady Tide defense was stingy, making no errors on the day.
Sherman hosts Lincoln County on March 22, Scott hosts Mingo Central on March 22 and Van hosts St. Joe on March 22.
Sherman: H. Clendenin 2-3 2b, K. Jenkins 1-1 2b, C. Thompson 1-3 2b, Z. Hess 1-3 HR 1 RBI, A. Maloskey 1-2, C. Toney 1-2
Scott: J. Elkins 1 hit
Sherman: A. Thompson 1-2 HR, 2 RBIs, H. Clendenin 1-3, K. Jenkins 1-3, H. Skeens 1-3 2b 2 RBIs, C. Thompson 2-3, S. Ferrell 3-3 2b, Z. Hess 1-2 HR 3RBI, C. Toney 1-2 2b,
Van: H. Brown 1 hit
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