Lowell, Mass.-- The New England Riptide bats came alive at Martin Softball Field in Lowell on Saturday, when they banged out 12 hits in route to a 10-1 win over the California Sunbirds. Loyal fans braved unseasonably cold weather and periods of rain as many stayed for the duration of the game that took over three hours to complete.
The game started slowly for the Tide as the Birds scored their only run in the top of the first when, with one out, Rachael McGinnis mishandled a ball off the bat of Whitney Kroh, who later stole second and scored on Melissa Sanchez' single.
Pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis held the Sunbirds after that, allowing only four more hits while striking out 13 as she picked up her first decision of the year.
Meanwhile the Tide started their onslaught in the bottom of the first when Lisa Iancin singled with one out and Kellie Wilkerson walked.
Sarah Andersen drove in Iancin with a single, for her first of two hits and three RBIs on the night.
Newcomer Ashley Courtney went three for four on the night including a two RBI triple in the fifth, which broke the game open, scoring runs four and five.
Lyndsey Angus remained hot following her three for three night, with two additional hits and Wilkerson had a perfect night at the plate with a single, double and two walks. Andersen's double hit just under the 235 foot sign in straightaway center.
The Riptide improve to 5-3 on the season and hope to stretch their winning-streak to three as they take on the Birds again Saturday night at 7:05 in Lowell.