LANSING | For T.F. South starter Devin Pieper, it sure makes a day on the pitching rubber easier when your team scores eight runs in the first. The Rebels used an eight run bottom of the first to overcome South Suburban Blue Conference rival T.F. North 17-0 in five innings. Rebels leadoff hitter Marcy Evans was 4 for 4 from the plate with two RBIs and four runs scored. Rebel cleanup hitter Daviea Cowans was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
"I felt energized at the plate today," Evans said. "I felt confident and comfortable. I was seeing the ball well. It was a little cold, but all the hard work we did paid off in the end."
T.F. South (4-7, 3-5) scored runs in each of the first four innings, including one in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. Rebels starter Devin Pieper pitched a strong game for T.F. South, striking out five while allowing only three hits. Pieper acknowledged that it did make her day a little more comfortable, pitching with an eight-run lead.
"I was feeling comfortable today," Pieper said. "We took a lot of time warming up, and our team did really good behind me. It was a little tough battling the cold, but I'm used to it."
After giving up eight in the first, T.F. North (1-9, 0-4) was able to settle down, but the damage had been done. Meteors starter Sara Daw gave up seven hits in the first frame and had some trouble with control as the game progressed.
"We had some sophomores helping us out today because a couple of our upperclassmen were unable to get here," Meteors manager Kara Zentz said. "We had a little bit of inexperience, and we let the first inning get away from us. Eight runs in the first inning kind of beat us there."
T.F. South was sure to get out and on the field early Saturday morning, in order to get the team acclimated to the cold weather. With all the close games T.F. South has been playing, Rebels coach Jamie Arundel said it was good for the team to pick up a decisive win.
"We've had a lot of close games," Arundel said. "It was important for us to come out here and put some runs on the board right away. That was our first goal: to come out strong."