McClain’s Kaylee Stevenson slides safely into second in game two of doubleheader Saturday. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
McClain’s Kaylee Stevenson slides safely into second in game two of doubleheader Saturday. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)

GREENFIELD — The McClain Lady Tigers varsity softball team split a doubleheader with Huntington on Saturday at Daryle Unger Field in Greenfield, winning game one, 8-7 before losing the second game, 10-6.

The big hits in game one were by freshman Beckley Smith and sophomore Liz Kegley, who each hit their first home run of the season and also of their early varsity careers.

Abby Shrout was the opening game starting pitcher, and she went the distance on the mound to earn the victory. Shrout gave up just two hits while walking three batters. Of the seven runs given up, only two were earned.

“Abby (Shrout) did a real nice job on the mound for us in that first game,” McClain head coach Ed Bolender said. “She pretty much controlled their batters most of the game.

“It was also good to see Beckley (Smith) and Liz (Kegley) show some power in getting their first home runs of the season.”

In game two, things did not go McClain’s way with freshman starting pitcher Cierra Bolender suffering the 10-6 defeat.

The Lady Huntsmen used a two-out, five-run fifth inning to take a 10-2 lead, which proved to be the deciding factor in the ballgame.

McClain was able to battle back and score a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh innings to cut the deficit and make the final score a little more respectable.

“That two-out, five-run fifth inning really killed us and was the difference in that ballgame,” Bolender said. “Huntington was able to string some hits together and score some runs against Cierra (Bolender). She doesn’t throw real hard yet, and teams are going to put the ball in play on her, so we just need to make some plays behind her.”

The Lady Tigers have won three of their last four games and are currently 5-4 overall.

Batting leaders for McClain in game one were Smith 3-for-3 (home run and two RBIs), Kegley 3-for-4 (double, home run, three RBIs), Alli Beatty (2-for-3, RBI) and Kenzie Anderson (2-for-4, RBI).

Bolender was the hitting leader in game two when she went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Kaylee Stevenson also had a double and three RBIs for the Lady Tigers. Kendall Pollard, Beatty and Anderson each had a single in the second game for McClain.