PORTAGE | Portage's softball team did not want Wednesday’s first inning against Hebron to end.
The Times No. 2 Indians scored 11 runs in the bottom first and cruised to an 18-0 victory over the Hawks.
Portage (1-1) scored 10 of their 11 first-inning runs with two outs. Annabelle Karagias had two doubles and drove in three in the opening frame. Her first double gave the Indians a 2-0 lead, and her second double put them in front 11-0. She finished with three hits and drove in four, including a solo home run.
Freshman Haley Perez drilled a two-run home run to center to make it 4-0.
At one point, Portage had 11 hitters in a row reach base in the first.
“It was nice to see all of our girls get up there and be ready to hit,” Portage coach Lisa Hayes said. “(Tuesday’s loss to Andrean) could have been really demoralizing, and it wasn’t. They came back and bounced back, and they were ready to go.”
Five Indians finished with at least two hits. Leadoff hitter Kaitlin Doud had four hits, including a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Portage.
Sydney Coundiff, Adrien Hall, Kiley Jones and Perez each added two hits. Portage totaled 19 hits.
The Indians hit four home runs, including three in the fourth. Madi Jercha had three-run home run.
“We know we have some power,” Hayes said. “It’s making sure we hit our pitches and not what the pitcher wants to throw at us.”
Doud allowed two hits and struck out 10.
“She’s going to take on more innings this year, and we’re excited that she’s ready to take the challenge,” Hayes said.
Ashley Thalmann and Daryn Torres each had a hit for Hebron (0-2).