HINSDALE, N.H. -- Southpaw Kylee Morel likely used her right hand to eat dinner, do homework and text her friends on Monday night.
Her left arm was exhausted.
Morel faced 33 batters in the first two innings alone and her Pittsfield softball team was pounded by host Hinsdale, 26-5.
"I think we swung the bats well. It was nice to see us get so many hits. It gives the kids confidence," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette, whose team improved to 1-2 overall.
The Pacers sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning and racked up eight runs. The highlight was Jen Matuszewski’s two-run triple to right, while Skylar Bonnette, Skyler LeClair and Jacqueline Atkins all added an RBI single.
Morel, who walked 15 and allowed 18 hits on the day, had a nightmarish second inning. She faced 20 batters and gave up 14 runs during the marathon frame.
And super fan Mikey Batts had arrived to the field. He stood near the home dugout and encouraged each batter as they dug in.
Hinsdale’s Kelsey Spindler and Megan Finnell each had three at bats and a couple of hits in the second. Spindler doubled and later delivered a two-run single, while Bridget Bourne contributed with a couple of RBI singles.
"I kind of feel bad for their pitcher," said one Hinsdale fan, with the Pacers leading 22-4.
The hosts would bat around again in their three-run third, as Samantha Lynch doubled and base knocks came from Elyse Atkins and Colleen Bedaw.
"They are a young team," said coach Bonnette of the Panthers. "They needed to use sixth, seventh and eighth graders just to field a team."
In her first start of the season, Skylar Bonnette gave up five hits, walked five and fanned four in two innings of work. She was in the circle to begin the third, but somehow split her toe open and gutted it out to stay in the game and play first base.
Bonnette finished with a team-high three hits. Bedaw and Matuszewski each drove in four runs.
Stef Gauthier and Bobbi Jean Small both had a couple of hits to pace 0-3 Pittsfield, which scored two runs in the first and second frames and another in the fifth.
Hinsdale’s Elyse Atkins was brilliant in relief. She fanned eight and made a running catch in foul ground in her three innings of work.
The 1-2 Pacers will host undefeated Wilton today.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.