Bluejackets only give up two hits in shutout win over South Knox

By Noah Dalton

VINCENNES – After losing their last two games, Mitchell High School got back on track on Friday with a 7-0 victory over South Knox.

The Bluejackets held the Spartans to just two hits on their way to the win, earning 10 hits themselves.

Both teams were scoreless until the top of the third when Mitchell’s Page Mullis doubled to center field to score Karsyn Coleman, who singled earlier in the inning. A base hit from Malaya Tanglao in the next at-bat brought Mullis home to give them an early two-run lead.

Mullis batted in another run in the top of the fourth, singling to left field to score Gracelynn Payton, who got earned a base hit to lead off the inning.

They added two more in the fifth when pinch-runner Martin scored after an error by the South Knox infield. With the bases loaded for the next at-bat, another Spartans’ error led to Payton scoring her second run of the game and the team’s fifth.

The final two runs came in the sixth. The first was scored by Tanglao, who reached base thanks to an error leading off. She was moved to second after Emerie Russell drew a walk, where she then stole third base to put herself in scoring position for Emma Chastain, who grounded out to give her enough time to reach home plate, moving Russell to third. In the next at-bat, Payton hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Russell.

Four Bluejackets batters, Mullis, Russell, Allen, and Payton earned two hits each to lead the team. Mullis also knocked in two runs, the most for Mitchell on the day.

Three pitchers took the mound for the Bluejackets in the game, Russell, Caitlyn Mullis, and Coleman. Russell earned the win for Mitchell, throwing three innings and allowing just one hit. Mullis and Coleman each pitched two innings, with Coleman giving up South Knox’s only other hit of the matchup. The trio combined for three strikeouts, two from Mullis and one from Coleman.

The Bluejackets are now 10-8 on the year, with a 2-2 record in Patoka Lake Athletic Conference games. They will next play on Monday, taking on PLAC opponent West Washington (14-4) at Parker Field.