Softball: Rams’ Taylor silences Marlins

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — An Arnold Marlins team that made a deep run in the playoffs last spring is going to have to outhit the solid opponents on its schedule, at least in the early going this season, to approach the success of 2012.

Against Rutherford senior right-hander Becca Taylor Tuesday night, that wasn’t happening.

The West Florida commitment struck out 11 in five innings as the Rams cruised to an 11-0 mercy-rule victory in District 1-5A softball.

Taylor limited an Arnold lineup featuring three players who have signed college scholarships to two hits and struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings as Rutherford cruised.

“She’s added a drop curve. She has six legitimate pitches,” Rutherford coach David Barron said of the four-year starter. “And she’s really conditioned herself.”

The Rams, 2-1, stroked 11 hits and already had scored 11 times in three innings, 10 runs needed to end the game prematurely.

The Marlins, 3-2, lost starting pitcher Shannon Godfrey who moved out of state, and basically have been forced to regroup in the pitcher’s circle. Godfrey tossed a vast majority of their innings last season while Arnold was winning 22 games.

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