Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

New Palestine Dragons slug past Eagles

By Will Willems
Sports Editor

— The New Palestine softball team came into the Wednesday, April 17, contest with Zionsville with a 1-4 record and had scored more than three runs only once on the season.

You couldn’t tell that by the way they played against the Eagles. The Dragons scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in an 18-7, six-inning win.

“New Pal is always going to bring very strong offense,” Zionsville head coach Lori Esparza said. “You have to be on your toes from the get-go on defense. We are being plagued by injuries — we are waiting for (starting pitcher Alex Stewart) to return. But today taught us we have to make some changes defensively. After we made those changes in the first inning, we definitely stopped the bleeding. I am happy the offense came alive and scored the seven runs. Against Lafayette Jeff we had 12 runs, but tonight they were all earned runs — I am happy with that progress.”

The Dragons scored six runs in the first on an RBI-double by Adie Lorsung, an error, a wild pitch and a three-run home run by Lizzie Garrison.

Zionsville fought back with three in its half of the inning. Bri Wagner led off with a single, and two batters later Alea Hocutt walked.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.