New Bloomfield was able to score more runs in one inning Friday than it has done in the three previous games.
The Lady Wildcats defeated Sturgeon 28-0 in a three-inning game, backed by a 20-run second inning and a shut out performance from senior Asya Nichols.
New Bloomfield (5-3) had scored 13 runs in its prior three games and was shut out in the previous two. This is the second time this season Sturgeon has allowed at least 20 runs in a game, with the first time in an Aug. 31 game against Silex (5-1). The last time New Bloomfield has scored at least 20 runs in a game was its 22-7 win against Wellsville-Middletown on Sept. 14, 2018.
There were 10 Lady Wildcats with a hit and 13 that had an RBI, with four having multiple runs driven in. Nichols supported her own cause by leading the offense, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a triple. The other leaders included senior Brooke Talbot at 2-for-2 with four RBI, freshman Macie Abbott at 1-for-2 with two BI and sophomore Peityn Thomas at 1-for-2 with 3 RBI off the bench.
Despite all of the runs allowed by Sturgeon (0-6) pitching, only nine runs were earned because of nine Lady Bulldog errors. This started in the nightmarish second inning for Sturgeon as New Bloomfield had a 2-0 lead until as senior Jenna Nichols reached on the first error of the game. Eight Sturgeon errors later and that ballooned New Bloomfield's lead to 22-0.
In all, 24 Lady Wildcats came to the plate in the second inning, with Abbott and senior Kamryn Herron driving in runs with triples and junior Brooklynn Smith hitting an RBI double.
New Bloomfield didn't need a hit to increase its lead to 26-0 in the third and then reached 28 after RBI hits by Talbot and sophomore Ashlyn Peters — her lone at bat off the bench.
Nichols pitched three innings, allowing only a hit and striking out five.
New Bloomfield is scheduled to host Linn (4-5) at home in a 5 p.m. Tuesday game.