Softball Starts Rock Chalk World Series

Oct. 25, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – After wrapping up the fall schedule, the Kansas softball team kicked off a unique version of its annual Rock Chalk World Series, Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark.

This fall, head coach Megan Smith and her coaching staff decided to split the roster into three teams: Giants, Ninjas and Jayhawkers. When one team is batting, the other two are in the field for the three-game series. The Giants took game one with five runs, while the Ninjas scored four and the Jayhawkers brought home three.

On the Giants is junior Elsa Moyer, freshman Chaley Brickey, freshman Alex Hugo, sophomore Chanin Naudin and freshman Kylee Kennedy. The Ninjas consist of sophomore Cassen Salamone, junior Taylor Hatfield, senior Rosie Hull, freshman Reilly Lamb and redshirt junior Nikki Bruce. The team captains make up the Jayhawkers squad in redshirt junior Alex Jones, senior Maggie Hull, junior Ashley Newman, sophomore Maddie Stein and senior Mariah Montgomery.

Sophomore Alicia Pille earned the win, throwing eight innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits and striking out seven. Senior Morgan Druhan took the loss. The pitchers were not put onto specific teams.

The youngest team in the series, the Giants took game one when Hugo knocked in Kennedy for the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. Hugo finished game one going 2-for-4 with a double and the game winning RBI. Fellow rookie, Brickey, drilled a two-run homer for the Giants, while Moyer also had a pair of hits in the win.

For the Ninjas, Lamb connected on an RBI double, while the Jayhawkers received two hits apiece from Jones, Hull and Stein. Hull drove in a run and Stein brought home two.

The Giants struck first in the second inning as Naudin scored on a groundball by Moyer. A three-run fourth gave the Ninjas the lead. Back-to-back RBIs from Hull and Stein got the Jayhawkers on the board in the fourth inning, as well.

After a leadoff single in the fourth to get Moyer on board, Brickey broke loose for a two-run home run before Hugo finished it up with the walk-off RBI single. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.