By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Two games into the season, Churubusco softball stand-out Abigail Erwin broke a school record.
Erwin set a new home run record after she smacked her 12th career home run over the fence in the Lady Eagles’ game against New Haven last week.
Erwin broke the record previously held by Taylor Amber, who is now the softball coach at Central Noble High School.
“Abi is probably one of the best hitters in the state,” said Churubusco head coach Phil Nicolet.
Nicolet hopes Erwin will continue to hit home runs, but fears she will often be walked by pitchers who are familiar with her talent — just as she was walked by New Haven after hitting her homer.
The Lady Eagles came out swinging in the opening innings against New Haven, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, 7-1 advantage in the second frame and tacking on five runs in the third to lead 12-1.
New Haven scored one more run in the fourth inning, but Churubusco added two more to its side of the scoreboard, ending the game in the fifth inning by a score of 14-2.
The Lady Eagles had 13 hits to New Haven’s two. Both teams recorded two errors.
Breanna Baughman led the team in scoring with four runs, followed by Erwin with three, Mariah Hosted with two and Brooke Nondorf with two. Other scorers were Katy Krider, Kurstin Clark and Melanie Geiger.
Along with her three hits and home run, Erwin tallied six RBIs. Baughman recorded three RBIs, Nondorf had two, Darian Manth had two and Madison Simmons also contributed an RBI.
Clark, Manth, Geiger and Hosted each stole one base apiece.
The win was a nice rebound after the Lady Eagles’ opening-game loss to county rival Whitko, which returned many of its players from last season’s semistate run.
Churubusco fell 14-4 to the Lady Wildcats on March 23.
Whitko scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second and six in the sixth inning. Churubusco scored one in the first, one in the fourth and two in the fifth inning.
“Whitko is a very good team,” Nicolet said. “For our first game, our players we nervous. I thought we played much better against New Haven.”
Whitko had 11 hits compared to Churubusco’s seven, and the Lady Eagles recorded four errors to Whitko’s two.
The Lady Wildcats were led offensively by Augusta Garr, who was 4 for 4 at-bat, scoring three runs and batting in one RBI.
Hosted and Erwin each recorded two hits for Churubusco. Erwin had two RBIs and scored two runs of her own.
Also recording RBIs were Manth and Clark.
For Whitko, seven different players scored runs, including Garr, Reannon Hopkins (3), Anna Ousley (3) and Ellie Snep (2). Hopkins led the team in RBIs with three, along with freshman Harley Bradley with three and Shi Bradley with three RBIs as well.
Whitko’s Emalee Duggins had two stolen bases and Hosted recorded one.
Snep led the Lady Wildcats on the mound, striking out eight and giving up four hits.
Churubusco freshman Kara Williams pitched for the Lady Eagles, recording one strikeout and 14 runs.