The New Palestine softball team opened its new field Monday with a 4-3 victory over county rival Eastern Hancock.
The Dragons jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three in the first inning and adding one in the second to take a 4-0 lead. The Dragons got five consecutive hits in the opening inning, plating three runs, with Lexi Campbell, Aglaia Rudd and Delaney Barton each providing run-scoring hits. Alaina Miller, who had the diamond’s first hit in the first, extended the lead to 4-0 with an RBI single in the second.
Katie Kottlowski was the winning pitcher, throwing the first pitch in the field’s history for a strike and fanning the first batter. She allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings. In the fifth, the Royals had two runners on base trailing 4-1. Alexa Holman came on in relief and allowed a two-run double, but then struck out the next batter to end the frame, then allowed one hit over the final two innings to collect the save.
The top three hitters in the Dragons’ lineup produced much of the offense. Kinsey Mitchell was 2-for-3 with a steal, Miller 3-for-3 with two steals and Kendal Calvert 1-for-3 with a steal. Each scored a run.
The Dragons (1-0) are back in action Tuesday at Lebanon.