ANDERSON — After playing nine games in Florida to opening the season and have two area games postponed due to weather, the Anderson Lady Ravens opened the home portion of their schedule Sunday afternoon with a sweep of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Franklin, 10-2 and 8-4.
The Lady Ravens used two different paths to win the games, the first was a show of power while the second was a showcase of speed. But the important factor in both games was Anderson’s ability to get the key hit when necessary. “We’ve worked a lot on hitting, I don’t know if we’ve taken a ground ball all week,” Anderson coach Tony Holloway said. “It was the one thing coming out of Florida, we just weren’t getting the runner in scoring position base hit.”
Anderson used the long ball to win Game 1 10-2 as three players hit four home runs. Freshman center fielder Shelby Shaffer got the day started with a single in the first inning for the Ravens and scored on a grounder by Taylar Kelso. Shaffer wound up 3-4 in Game 1 with two RBI’s and her first ever home run. Shaffer’s homer was her first not only as a Lady Raven, but as a softball player period. “I was smiling all the way around the bases,” Shaffer said of her two run shot in the second inning. It gave Anderson a 3-0 lead and the Lady Ravens added to it in the third on a homer by Taylar Kelso. Starting pitcher Sami Frazier settled down after throwing several first-inning pitches and was not threatened until the fifth inning. The Lady Grizzlies were able to scratch out a run on a wild pitch in the fifth and scored their second run in the sixth when Taylor Johnson knocked in Katie Struewing. Anderson got the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by junior Nichole Frazier. Frazier came up in the sixth and ended the game with a three-run smash. “I’m trying to stay consistent and help the team out,” Frazier said after the game. She came into the game hitting .348 with one home run and three RBIs. Sami Frazier picked up her fourth win against two losses in the game, going the full six innings and giving up two runs on four hits. She also walked two and struck out three.