MADISON, NJ - After losing each of their last four games by at least ten runs, the Madison softball team turned the tables on Wednesday, defeating Villa Walsh at home 15-0 in four innings via the mercy rule. Senior pitcher Kelly Edwards tossed a complete-game shutout in the win while freshman Marli Welter added the exclamation point with a solo home run down the right field line in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers set the tone in the first inning, capitalizing on several fielding and pitching mistakes from Villa Walsh to score send a dozen batters to the plate and score six runs in the process. With a comfortable lead as she went back out to the mound, Edwards got in a rhythm.
“It was awesome,” Edwards said. “I went out there with a lot more confidence knowing that my teammates gave me that cushion.”
The Dodgers added another run in the second before putting up five more the following inning to ensure the blowout and allow head coach Jessica Rosella to give her star players some well-needed rest with two more games coming up on Thursday and Friday this week.
“The nice thing about our team is that we’re pretty deep in our lineup,” Coach Rosella said. “Everyone that came up to hit today was successful.”
“Today definitely made it a lot easier on us pitchers to conserve our arms for Thursday and Friday,” Edwards said. “Knowing that we barely have any time to prepare for the next couple games, getting this confidence booster today will definitely help us when we play in those games.”
The Dodgers’ next two games will be on the road Thursday and Friday. They will face Morristown Beard on Thursday, followed by Mountain Lakes the next day. First pitch for both games is set for 4 pm.