ARTHUR — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's potent offense has wreaked havoc on just about everyone this season.
That 11-1 loss to Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg the previous day?
It was just a blip.
The Knights quickly rebounded and lashed 22 hits and three home runs in a frenetic 21-12 victory over Okaw Valley Friday in the Little Okaw Valley Conference opener.
“I knew our offense was going to be strong,” Arthur coach Jerry Lane said. “It's probably what our strength is going to be. Some of our wins have been in double-digit figures and we put up a lot of games with double-digit hits.”
Arthur sophomore Taylor Powell triggered the barrage with a two-run home run in the first inning and the Knights (7-1, 1-0 LOVC) darted out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the second inning.
Earlier in the day, Powell had a car accident that dented her truck on her way to school. She certainly wasn't distracted by the start of the game.
“Any game after school is always a good day,” Powell said.
Senior teammate Mycaela Miller also boosted the early spree with a three-run shot over the center field fence in the second and finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
It was her fourth home run of the season.
“Our bats kind of struggled (against W/SS), but we're alright now,” Miller said.
Okaw Valley (3-4, 0-1) didn't cave and miraculously rallied ahead with nine straight runs for a 9-8 lead in the top of the fourth after Natalie Jeffers and Maddie Perrine each pulled off a home run.
Perrine finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs while Paige Robinson bolstered the Timberwolves with three hits and two RBIs.
The Timberwolves ended up with 16 hits, but the defense provided little support and totaled five errors.
“I'm proud of the resiliency, but we have to play a complete game,” Okaw Valley coach Dave Benning said. “Once you get back in the game, you can't let them get the momentum back and we did. They came right back.
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“I thought we still had pretty good approach at the plate and some good rallies. But what it came down, we needed our defense to make plays.”
The Knights thwarted Okaw Valley in the fifth inning with eight hits and eight runs.
“Coach Lane never doubts us,” Powell said. “I think that's what we go off of and once one person gets on, it snowballs from there.”
Arthur sophomore Reagan Miller, Mycaela's younger sister, ripped a three-run home run over the left field wall during the stretch and finished 5-for-5 with a team-high four RBIs.
Freshman Kirsten Corum also went 5-for-5 with an RBI. Five players drummed up at least two hits in the win.
“I was very pleased with how we played,” Powell said. “We picked up the pace in the end very well.”
Arthur's starting lineup only featured two seniors — Mycaela Miller and Logan Kauffman.
They are essential pieces to Arthur's prolific offense.
Kauffman bats leadoff while Mycaela is in the No. 3 hole.
“She's a senior and she's a leader on this team,” Lane said of Mycaela Miller. We've got a lot of sophomores and freshmen playing. What she does, we follow pretty well.”
“We had big lead in the beginning and kind of blew it. But I think we just stayed confident with our bats and knew we could come back.” – Mycaela Miller