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Prep Softball: Runion, Pleasant Grove top Paris

PARIS, Texas – Abby Runion went 3-for-4 at the plate and seven complete innings on the mound to lead Pleasant Grove to a 12-2 win over Paris Friday night.

The win in a prairie storm moved the Hawks to 4-1 in District 15-4A, second behind Sulphur Springs.

“That was probably the windiest game we’ve played,” said coach Becca Collom. “It’s always good to play in different conditions because you never know what we have to play in later.”

Senior shortstop Adi Koller made short work of the wind, lining a shot through crosswinds over the fence for her third home run of the season.

“We took some time to adjust to their pitcher, but the girls stayed calm and eventually broke it open,” Collom said.

The Hawks exploded for five runs in the second and three more in the third to put the game away early. Presly Humphrey also went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Freshman third-sacker Kassidy Ingram went 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. She scored three times.

Runion scattered seven hits and gave up two runs, one earned. The sophomore defied the wind, filling the zone with strikes while giving out no walks and striking out two.

“Abby did a great job pitching in that kind of wind,” Collom said. “It can be very disruptive to pitchers.”

The Hawks begin their second round through the district, traveling to North Lamar Tuesday. They’ll entertain Liberty-Eylau on Friday. Games start at 6.

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