ROSEMONT, Ill. — Team Jaquish got off to a fast start with four runs in the first inning and never looked back in handing Team Eberle a 6-3 setback in the final contest of Week Two in the 2022 Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season at Parkway Bank Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The win allowed Team Jaquish to close the week with a 2-1 record, while Team Eberle fell to 1-2.
Outfielder Amanda Lorenz, who missed the first two days of Week Two for personal reasons, came back with a vengeance in Sunday’s finale by tallying 206 leaderboard points, including MVP 1 honors. The former Florida Gator reached base in all four of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and two walks.
Fellow outfielder Jazmyn Jackson claimed MVP 2 honors after going 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jackson ended the week by registering 140 leaderboard points. Shortstop Hannah Flippen also notched a pair of hits in the victory with a single in the first inning and a double in the second frame.
Outfielder Shannon Rhodes paced Team Eberle in the loss and earned MVP 3 recognition, racking up 108 leaderboard points after blasting her second home run of the season with a solo shot to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Pitcher Aleshia Ocasio earned the win in relief after scattering five hits over 3.0 innings with a strikeout, upping her record to 2-2 on the season. Team captain Carrie Eberle suffered the loss and dropped to 2-1 after giving up four runs on two hits with four walks in 0.1 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Team Jaquish sent all nine hitters to the plate in the opening frame and took advantage of four walks and two pitches to build the early 4-0 advantage. The first seven hitters reached base in the frame, including a two-run single from Jackson.
The win moved catcher Sahvanna Jaquish into a tie for third place on the leaderboard with corner infielder Amanda Chidester with 728 points. Jaquish will serve as the captain for the Blue team as a result of a tiebreaker, while Chidester will lead the team donning the Purple jerseys.
Outfielder Victoria Hayward extended her hitting streak to 13 games (dating back to last season) with a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the third inning … Hayward has now hit safely in 29-of-36 games during her Athletes Unlimited Championship Season career.
Rookie Mia Davidson blasted her second home run of the week with a two-run shot to left field in the second inning that cut Team Eberle’s deficit to 4-2 … Davidson also had a home run on Saturday against Team Mulipola.
Rhodes’ home run was the 11th hit this season with two outs … It was also the fourth home run in the sixth inning or later, including the third in the seventh frame.
A group of 10 players have hit multiple home runs through the first 12 games of the season after Davidson and Rhodes each accrued their second home run on Sunday afternoon.
Ocasio earned her 12th career win in the circle in Athletes Unlimited Championship Season play … She ranks second in career victories behind the 14 wins by Cat Osterman.
Team Jaquish went 11-for-22 in advancement opportunities in Sunday’s victory along with getting its leadoff hitter on base in 5-of-7 innings.
Team Eberle was just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.
There have been 29 home runs hit during the first two weeks of the season, including five during Sunday’s doubleheader.
A total of 118 runs have been scored through the first 12 games of the season … Aspiration has committed to planting 10 trees for every run scored during the season as part of its “Aspiration Round the Bases” initiative.
- #1 – Amanda Lorenz (Team Jaquish, +60)
- #2 – Jazmyn Jackson (Team Jaquish, +40)
- #3 – Shannon Rhodes (Team Eberle, +20)
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