JACKSON-The Manchester Hawks had 21 hits in a 14-4 win over Jackson Liberty on Thursday with two home runs, including a long shot over the centerfield fence by Amanda Pati.
Manchester starting pitcher Nya Darnowski allowed 14 hits in the game in her first career varsity win.
The Hawks took an early 4-0 lead over the Lions, but in the bottom of the third, Liberty’s bats started to come alive. Ashleigh Tavaska led off the inning with a long single up the middle followed by Emily Dubiago pulling Darnowski down the left field line for another single. Erin Stilton drilled a shot deep to center field scoring Dubiago and Tavaska.
In the top of the 5th inning, Manchester broke the game open, scoring five more runs, taking a 9-2 lead. The next inning Manchester added four more runs to make the score 13-2.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Stilton led off with a double down the left field line. She later scored on a base hit to right by Illiana Flores. In the bottom of the 7th inning, down 14-3, Tavaska reached on a hard line drive in the gap between left and center field. Stilton belted her third double of the game to drive in Tavaska.
Stilton led the Lions at the plate, going 3-4, belting three doubles and driving in 3 runs on the day. Kaylee Book and Iliana Flores each went 2 for 3 with Flores driving in the fourth run for the Lions. The Lions fell to 1-1 on the season.