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Beyer bats feast on Merced

It's been a tough start for the Merced softball team this season.

Runs have been tough to come by for Bart McAfee's girls.

Scoring wasn't the problem against Beyer on Monday.

Merced couldn't slow down Beyer's bats.

Beyer pounded out 19 hits on its way to a 13-6 win at Merced High.

"When we scored six runs that should be enough for us to win," said McAfee, whose team dropped to 1-6.

"We just made mistakes that allowed them to continue innings. We probably gave up five or six runs after we made mistakes."

McAfee didn't have ace Taylor Gross available to throw.

The senior right-hander jammed her thumb and may not be able to pitch all week.

"We played four games this week so our other pitchers will get more chances to throw," McAfee said. "I don't blame the pitchers today. We have to make plays.

"Who knows, Taylor's thumb might not get better all season. We still have to make plays."

The day looked promising early on for Merced.

A run-scoring double off the bat of catcher Kandice Mathis helped Merced answer two Beyer first-inning runs with two of its own in the bottom of the first.

Merced's Britney Huddleston then launched a solo home run over the fence in left-center field to start the second inning.

Ashley Heath-Smith then lined a an RBI triple down the right-field line and came around to score on an error to give Merced a 5-2 lead.

"We got too happy," McAfee said. "We thought we were world beaters because we finally scored a couple runs."

Beyer just kept on swinging.

Beyer pushed across three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and tacked on four more in the sixth.

Katie Loree led Beyer's offensive attack with three hits and four RBIs.

Starting pitcher Melaina Saafield also connected on three hits.

Saafield left the game after suffering a cut on her leg during a collision at home plate.

She returned two innings later and held Merced to just one seventh-inning run.

Beyer's Nicole Nobbe made a return to Merced.

The senior started her high school career at Golden Valley.

The sweet-swinging left-handed hitter was given the Barry Bonds' treatment by McAfee. Nobbe was intentionally walked twice with first base open.

Nobbe finished 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Merced is back in action today at home against Livingston at 3:30 p.m.

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