Bulldogs' offense sharp in opener

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Notre Dame's Alecia Glaus steals third base as Central's Tori Ourth fields the throw during the third inning Wednesday at Notre Dame. (Fred Lynch)

The Notre Dame Bulldogs are well known for their speed on the bases.

They showed off their bats as well Wednesday.

The Bulldogs exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning and downed Central 14-0 in five innings in the season opener for Notre Dame, which finished second in the state in Class 3 last season.

"Good first game," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said. "We obviously have some things we need to work on. We're starting a few sophomores, so trying to get them in we're going to have to live with a few mistakes."

Central starter Victoria Schabbing retired the Bulldogs in order in the first inning before surrendering three runs in the second and five in the third.

Notre Dame's Lauren Reinagel is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against Central during the second inning Wednesday at Notre Dame. (Fred Lynch)

Brittany Perkins took over midway through the third and was tagged for six more runs.

Bulldogs hurler Lauren Reinagel started the scoring in the second with a solo homer to left-center field. She later would single and walk.

"I worked really hard on hitting, more than pitching," Reinagel said. "I was hitting every day with my dad. He really taught me some stuff. I just came out hoping for the best."

Jane Morrill's double to left-center scored a pair to spark the scoring in the third inning. Sophomore Summer Burger roped a triple to left-center to drive in two before catcher Alecia Glaus added a two-run double later in the inning.

The final tally was six hits, six walks and two errors in the inning to help the Bulldogs lead 14-0.

Central pitcher Victoria Schabbing throws out Notre Dame's Summer Burger on a bunted ball during the second inning.

"We all hit the ball really well," Morrill said. "We waited for the pitch. That was the most important thing."

"I think we were all kind of nervous at first," Glaus said. "But we got over that quick and came through."

Notre Dame's speed caused chaos in the big inning as the Bulldogs swiped six bases.

"We probably possess more team speed this year than last year," Graviett said. "A tremendous amount of speed up at the top and in the middle and down in the nine hole with Summer. We're going to utilize it and put pressure on. We got the big boppers in the middle, so we're going to try to use speed at the top and bottom and hope Jane and Lauren and Brooke [Glastetter] and those girls drive them in."

While Notre Dame's hitting and speed stole the spotlight, Reinagel picked up where she left off last season. The senior struck out 10, including the side in the third inning. She allowed three hits and walked two.

Central center fielder Chelsea Sterling returns empty-handed after Notre Dame's Lauren Reinagel smacked a home run during the second inning Wednesday at Notre Dame.
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The Tigers tried to rally in the fourth. Taylre Scott led off the inning with a double, but she was gunned down by Glaus at second.

"She's awesome," Reinagel said of her catcher. "She knows where it's going to go and when it's going to go. She knows me."

The Tigers threatened again in the fifth when Bailey Kratochvil reached on a single and Chelsea Sterling walked, but Reinagel forced two fly outs to end the game.

"I think we came out and looked better than yesterday," Central coach Amy Blattel said. "Notre Dame is a good team, solid team. We made progress today, and that's exactly what we want to do."

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WP -- Lauren Reinagel, 1-0. LP -- Victoria Schabbing, 0-1. HR -- Reinagel (ND). 3B -- Summer Burger (ND). 2B -- Jane Morrill (ND), Alecia Glaus (ND), Taylre Scott (C). Multiple Hits -- Notre Dame; Reinagel 2-2. Records, Notre Dame 1-0, Central 0-2.

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