NEW BLOOMFIELD — New Bloomfield junior starter Asya Nichols threw a one-hitter over three innings and helped herself by hitting a grand slam as the Lady Wildcats shredded the Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs 15-0 in four innings Friday night.
The win was the fifth in a row for New Bloomfield (5-1), which erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first, three more in the second, one in the third and ended the game with a seven-run outburst in the fourth.
Nichols logged the victory, combining with senior reliever Sarah Abbott on the shutout. Nichols struck out seven and walked one.
Abbott had three strikeouts and issued one walk in her one inning of work.
Nichols went 1-for-3 at the plate, launching her grand slam to left in the fourth. Abbott — who started the game at first base — fueled the Lady Wildcats' nine-hit attack by going 2-for-2 with five runs batted in, including a two-run homer to left in the first and a three-run double in the second, and scored two runs.
Sophomore second baseman Brinley Dysart was also 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored for New Bloomfield, while senior center fielder Makenna Branch finished 2-for-3 with a double and scored three runs. Junior shortstop Jenna Nichols went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
"Asya and Sarah pitched a great game," Lady Wildcats head coach Dara Reinkemeyer said. "Offensively, we hit solid down the entire lineup.
"The girls were focused and executed in all aspects of the game. It was nice to see all the pieces come together."
New Bloomfield goes to Linn for a Show-Me Conference game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.