Softball: Ball hits two home runs as Packers fall to Rockets

Published 9:07 pm Friday, April 11, 2014

Austin senior Abbey Ball had a pair of solo home runs and she struck out nine, but it wasn’t enough as the Packers fell to Rochester John Marshall (2-0 overall, 2-0 Big Nine) 6-2 in Rochester Friday.

JM scored one run in the fourth inning to tie the game up at 1-1 and then they took advantage of a few Packer miscues to score four in the fifth and go up 5-1. Austin (0-2 overall, 0-2 Big Nine) finished the game with six errors.

Ball, who allowed just two earned runs, hit a solo shot to make it 5-2 in the top of the sixth.

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“We played them tough,” Austin head coach Cindy Owen said. “We played well at times, we just need to play a full game.”

Austin pitching: Abbey Ball, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 BBs, 6 R, 2 ER, 9 K

Austin hitting: Shayley Vesel, 2-for-3; Ball, 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Jordan Huntley, 1-for-3; Jesse Smith, 1-for-3