Jackets blast past Carey

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel coach Jamie Lininger thought his team was as sloppy defensively as it has been all season.

But the way the Blue Jackets hit Wednesday, it didn’t really matter.

The Blue Jackets overcame four errors and a 4-2 fourth-inning deficit to run-rule Midland Athletic rival Carey 14-4.

“I told the kids that was by far the worst defensive game they played all year, but they hit the heck out of the ball,” Lininger said. “That was good to see.

“It’s good to know that you can win big and not play your best game,” he said. “We’re just crushing the ball right now. I don’t know what’s gonna happen the rest of the year, but if we hit the ball the way we are, teams are going to have trouble beating us.”

The Blue Jackets banged out 12 hits in five innings. Taylor Kirian doubled, tripled, scored three times and had three RBIs, also pitching the Blue Jackets to the win. Lauren Zoeller had three hits and two RBIs.

The game ended in the fifth, when Lauren Ladd smacked a two-out, two-run single to give the Blue Jackets a 10-run advantage, which ended the game.

“That’s a good hitting team,” said Carey coach Teresa Jacoby, whose team fell to 3-4, 1-1 in the MAL. “Seems like no matter where you throw, they’re good hitters.”

Though the contest was lopsided at the conclusion, the first three-and-a-half innings were close. Carey got first-inning RBI singles from Taylor Fletcher and Ali Rymer. New Riegel countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Carey got the lead back in the fourth, when three New Riegel errors led to a pair of Blue Devils runs. Rymer had an RBI single in the inning.

“We keep improving our hitting,” Jacoby said. “We hit well tonight.”

But Carey had defensive issues in the bottom of the fourth, which allowed New Riegel to take control. Three errors led to six runs in the fourth, with Kirian crushing a two run double to deep center and Taylor Arbogast driving in a run with a single. She went on to hit a two-run single in the fifth.

Kirian went five innings, striking out three while allowing six hits and walking one. She improved to 10-0. Only two of the Carey runs were earned; the Blue Jackets committed four errors.

“That was kind of shocking, to see us all take turns booting the ball,” Lininger said.

Rymer took the loss. She went four innings and allowed eight runs, five of them earned.