MONROE CITY, Mo. – Johnathan Bastian was interested in how the Canton softball team could come back after suffering its first loss earlier this week.
The Tigers’ coach got more than he expected.
Canton banged out 14 hits and belted two home runs on the way to thumping Monroe City 13-0 in five innings Wednesday afternoon.
“That loss earlier this week was tough because we didn’t play how we feel we can,” Bastian said. “We wanted to see how they could respond to negative situations because that is what’s going to define us. We couldn’t of had a much better response.”
Canton’s Hunter Collins helped deliver the statement.
The Tigers already led 2-0 in the top of the second inning when the senior catcher belted a three-run home run over the fence in left field. That lead remained until Canton (18-1) blew the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.
Emilee Gorrell started the scoring in the fourth when she reached home on a passed ball, and Kailyn Guilfoyle drove in two on an RBI single, which made it 8-0. An RBI single by Hanna Rieffer made it 10-0.
Two batters later, freshman Nariah Clay smacked a three-run homer to left as Canton’s lead ballooned to 13-0.
Abbey Hultz had three hits for Canton, while Gorrell and Rieffer each had two.
“We have the girls that are staples that are going to be successful against most teams,” Bastian said. “But with girls like Nariah having power, I’m not surprised by it because I see it at practice. But I just tell them I’m waiting for them to get a hold of one in a game.”
Monroe City was held to just three hits by Hultz. The last six Panthers that went to the plate were retired.
Lauren Youngblood had two of Monroe City’s three hits.
“We’re just going to flush this game,” Monroe City coach Melissa Chinn said. “It just stinks because it’s so late in the season, and because it was against Canton and we usually play them really well. But it happens.”
Chinn, however, isn’t worried about the team with district play looming next week.
“I know this isn’t us,” Chinn said. “I know what we’re capable of. We’ll come back and regroup.”