TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles softball soared to 2-0 on the season on the arms of Ashley Daugherty who recorded more hits and runs on offense than she surrendered toeing the rubber all afternoon. Daugherty no-hit Santa Maria on Tuesday and launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to give herself some insurance early and lead the Eagles to a 7-0 victory.
The Eagles did most of their damage in the first inning scoring six of their seven runs. The inning began with a walk for Isabella Backer who advanced to second on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Izzy Cowne put down a sacrifice bunt to move Backer to third and next in the box was the Texas A&M commit who took a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield fence.
After clearing the bases the Eagles immediately put two more baserunners on with Maddie George and Megan Ingle both drawing walks. Alani Mott reached first on an error that scored George. Mikala Landes drew a fourth walk of the inning and Alex Dahlen’s single scored two more runs to put the Eagles up 6-0 after one inning.
Daugherty went to work with a large lead and started dealing. Daugherty struck out 10 of the next 12 batters she faced. The Saints’ lone base runner following the first inning walk came in the top of the sixth via an error in the field but she was stranded on first base as Daugherty struck out the next two batters.
The Eagles are now 2-0 on the season as they look to retain their back-to-back titles after graduating seven seniors from last year’s team including two first team all-league selections and three second team all-league selections. Templeton is young this year with only two seniors and four juniors on the varsity roster and will lean on the arm and bat of last year’s Los Padres League MVP, Daugherty, as they have moved up into the Mountain League this season and will be playing against bigger, more competitive schools in the area.
Templeton will host their next two games on back-to-back Fridays at Vineyard Elementary with the first one being today against Pioneer Valley followed by the rivalry with Morro Bay.