Hartley leads WildcatsPublished 11:18am Monday, February 25, 2013
Kelsey Hartley, who came to Edgewood after two years as a Wetumpka Lady Indian, notched 11 strikeouts and two home runs in her green-and-gold debut.
“It’s only been two games, so I haven’t noticed much difference; the pitching’s a little different,” said Hartley, a junior.
“But it’s still softball. I think I’m seeing the ball a lot better and making a better connection with it.”
She also struck out 11 as Edgewood defeated class AAA Hooper 13-2.
In the season opener, she finished the night 3-for-4 with five RBIs (a solo home run, a three-run shot and a run-scoring single).
Beyond Hartley’s debut, Edgewood mainstay C.J. Lee finished the day 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored.
The Lady Wildcats, who last season had trouble pushing runs home, blew the shoes off the Lady Colts with 12 runs over three innings.
Edgewood rallied for a three-run third, fifth and sixth to slam the door on their opponents.
Game two, however, was a different story as the Lady Wildcats fell behind early to the defending class AAA champion Lady Knights of Macon East en route to a 6-2 defeat.
“We are still a young team,” said Hartley.
She and Lee had the only two hits of the night for Edgewood.
Lee doubled to the gap in right and then scored on a Hartley drive over the leftfield fence.
Edgewood will be back in action this afternoon against Tuscaloosa Academy.
Gametime has been moved to a 2:30 p.m. start.