Dalton Blake had a grand slam and also picked up the win on the mound as Blooming Grove topped Rice 26-4 on Monday night in Rice.
Blooming Grove improved to 4-0 in District 23-2A.
The Lions, already leading 2-0, exploded for seven runs in the top of the second for a 9-0 lead. Blake's grand slam highlighted the inning, a deep drive to left-center field for a 6-0 advantage.
The Lions had two other big innings, scoring nine runs in the fourth and seven runs in the fifth. Brody Owens and Travis Whiteside had two-run singles in the fourth.
Rice scored once in the bottom of the first on a RBI triple by Ragan Henderson to trim Blooming Grove's lead to 2-1.
But the Lions exploced for their big inning in the top of the second and never looked back.
Blooming Grove 21, Rice 5: Shelby Beamon’s solo home run, a deep shot over the left-field fence, sparked Blooming Grove’s offense Monday as the Lady Lions defeated the Rice Lady Bulldogs 21-5 in District 23-2A softball action.
BG, now 4-1 in conference play, was up 9-5 before scoring four runs in the sixth inning and eight more in the seventh. The Lady Lions had 17 hits and took advantage of six Rice errors.
Beamon was three for six at the plate, including the home run and a double. The senior outfielder scored three runs and finished with three RBIs. Sidney Horner was three for four with four runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Rachel East was also three for four, scoring two runs with a stolen base.
Hannah Chaffin put together a two-for-three plate performance, including a triple. She scored four runs and drove in another. Lexi Goodwin and Falcon Thompson were both two for four with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Lindsay Shuart and Steely Southard each had an RBI-single. Shuart scored twice and drove in two runs. Southard had two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Thompson went all seven innings on the mound for the Lady Lions. She gave up one earned run on four hits while fanning 11 batters and walking six.
Ashton Metcalfe led Rice’s offense with a two-for-three plate performance. She scored two runs, drove in another and stole two bases.
Blooming Grove resumes action Friday, hosting a non-district contest against Italy.