Prior to the start of the season, Martins Ferry head softball coach Paige Williams said she had a couple of pretty good freshmen.
Thursday night that no more evident as Shaye DeLeonardis and Tyrah King led the Purple Riders (6-3) to a convincing, 10-1, victory over visiting Indian Creek high atop the Purple City.
DeLeonardis struck out only two, but didn't walk a batter and spaced out five hits. She also accounted for three runs batted in with a single and double.
King smashed a mammoth 3-run home run in the first inning to give her classmate some working room, which she wouldn't need.
Senior Kylie Stalder singled home a pair of runs for the Purple Gang, which was scheduled to welcome Union Local today at 5 p.m.
Union Local 8, Steubenville 2
At Morristown, the Jets (7-6) inched back above the .500 mark with their win over the visiting Big Red (3-6) at Jets Field.
Brittany Stack led an 11-hit attack with a trio of one-base raps. Olivia Minamyer singled and tripled to earn an RBI, while Kaylee Cole knocked in two runs with a pair of one-base knocks. Ali Delaney doubled in a pair, while Megan Stull and Abby Collins each singled home a teammate.
Monroe Central 13, Caldwell 8
At Woodsfield, the Lady Seminoles (3-6) scored nine times in the third and fifth innings combined to erase a 7-4 deficit en route to their win over the Redskins.
Cameron Brock singled twice and tripled to pace a 13-hit attack for Monroe Central.
Hanna Majors rapped a trio of singles that knocked in a run.
Kaitlin Miller drove in a run with a single and double.
Megan Dick picked up the win inside the circle with relief help from Amanda Haslam. They teamed for eight strikeouts and four walks.
Bishop Donahue 1, Shadyside 0
At Wheeling, the Bishops (10-6) tallied the game's lone run in the bottom of the second inning.
The Tigers' Megan Heagney only allowed two hits and struck out seven at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Complex.
John Marshall 8,
Buckeye Local 0, 5 inn.
At Glen Dale, the Monarchs' Amy Rotriga permitted just three harmless singles in blanking the usually potent Panthers (4-5).