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3/23/2013 12:43:00 PM
Softball rolls
Puts up 10 runs in one inning against Sedona Red Rock
Junior Kaetana Skornik slides past home, earning another run for the Marauders in their 150 shut-out over Sedona Red Rocks. VVN/Travis Guy
Junior Kaetana Skornik slides past home, earning another run for the Marauders in their 150 shut-out over Sedona Red Rocks. VVN/Travis Guy

Travis Guy
Sports Reporter

The students that are part of the Marauder softball team may have thought they would not have to do any chores when they joined the team, but everyday at practice, they have a list, and it is paying off.

"We have a list of what we call chores," said head coach John Brown. "We were only doing defensive chores at the beginning of the season, trying to get everything dialed in, now we've added our hitting to the chores list and at the end of practice we work on specific plays. They get their chores done every day and hitting's part of that."

The hitting chores that Brown has been having his team do are starting to pay dividends after the Marauders recorded their second blowout in a row, a 15-0 win over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions.

The game was as close as a shutout can be for the first four innings. Mingus Union scored two runs in the first, three in the second and was held to no runs in the third inning. Then the fourth inning came around and sophomore Taylor Ortiz cracked the game wide open when she sent a pitch flying over the right field wall, driving in three runs and putting the game handedly out of reach of Sedona Red Rock.

Ortiz was not the only one to have her bat going. The bottom of the fourth seemed to go on for a while, and to the Scorpions, it had to seem like an eternity while Mingus Union piled on 10-runs through the inning before being saved by a an out before Mingus could score two more runs, ending the inning.

With the score 15-0, all Mingus had to do was tally three more outs and that would be game, and that is exactly what the Marauders did.

"We're working on some specific things on offense so when the games start getting out-of-hand, we start working on different plays, as if it was an important game, so that keeps them focused at the task at hand." Brown said. "We kind of came up with a strategy of staying up, no matter what the score is, we're just playing hard and its working."

Even though it took five innings for the game to finish, once it was clear that the door had shut on any chance of a Scorpion come back, Coach Brown and the Marauders began working on different strategies to keep the team focused and prepare for their next two games.

"The main things we're working on are just to keep the games close and trying to get a W out of it. I don't care if its 15 to nothing or one to nothing," Brown said. "We're working on a lot of different small ball. We know that Payson and Bradshaw like to play small ball with bunts, so we've got very effective with that, where at the beginning of the year we weren't that effective against Prescott. That was one of our big things, and our bats have come around, so I think we're ready."

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