LAINGSBURG — Wolfpack standout Hailey Bila sent officials scurrying for the record books May 18, when she plated eight RBI in a single inning.
The MSU recruit, also a sprinter for the LHS track team, laced two inside-the-park grand slams in the second inning of a 19-2 win over Webberville. Both home runs were liners to left field that split the Spartan outfielders. Veteran Wolfpack coach Jeff Cheadle said on a typical 200 ft. softball fence the laser shots would have cleared the wall — but Laingsburg’s outfield is bigger than most; the fence is back at 225 feet.
Bila now has eight homers on the season. She batted 3-for-4 for the game, finishing with nine RBIs. She also had a run-scoring single in the first inning. Ella Merrell batted 2-for-3 for Laingsburg in Game 1 with a double and four RBIs. Kailey Cataline was the winning pitcher. She gave up one hit over three innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Other hitters for LHS were Julia Starr 2-3 (2 runs), Gabby Motz 2-3 (1 run, 2B), Ashley Bila 1-1 (3 runs, 1 RBI), Addyson Buchin 1-1 (2 runs), Ellie Baynes 1-2 (1 run, 1 RBI) and Josie Keenan 1-1 (2 runs, 1 RBI).
Laingsburg (13-6) won the nightcap, 16-0, in four innings over the Spartans. Buchin was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks through the first three innings. Hailey Bila pitched the final inning and gave up one hit with two strikeouts. Buchin also batted 4-for-4 with an RBI and a triple. Ashley ila went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs. Laingsburg also got big bats from Hailey Bila 1-3 (2 runs, 3B), Cataline 1-3 (1 run, 1 RBI), Keenan 1-1 (2 runs) and Motz 1-3 (2 runs, 2 RBI).