It didn't take long for the Lewis-Palmer softball team to start the onslaught.
Junior Rachel Bull hit a double in the second inning to clear the bases and give the Rangers a big, early lead against Mitchell on Wednesday. From there, they never looked back in a 22-7 road win.
"It sealed the deal for us," Rangers coach Alicia Holden said. "It was a good confidence booster for her."
In the end, Lewis-Palmer improved its record to 2-2.
Lightning delayed the start of the game for about 15 minutes.
Junior Bridget Cassidy had a stellar game for Lewis-Palmer, finishing 5 for 5 with 4 RBIs and two doubles and scoring four runs. That performance was backed by junior Hannah Carlson, 2 for 3k and sophomore McKinzie Wade who was 3 for 3 with five RBIs, while freshman pitcher Avery Kreischer had five strikeouts in three innings.
But it was Bull who ignited an early Rangers rally. With the bases loaded, she hit a double to center field to put Lewis-Palmer ahead 4-0. It was the start of a 10-run second inning on six hits and two errors.
At that point, the Rangers led 11-0 and never let up. They went on to score 11 more runs.
"As one person gets going, it starts the whole team," said Cassidy, who closed the game in the circle with a one-strikeout, two-inning performance. "We just took that and ran with it, I guess."
Mitchell (0-5) was scoreless in the first two innings before wrapping up the game with two runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the third.
Madrid Karisa was a bright spot for the Marauders, hitting an RBI triple in the third inning and pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts.
"We had a few errors that hurt us throughout the game," Mitchell coach Sean Sorensen said. "Toward the end, we got the bats going and scored some runs, but we have to eliminate the errors and get some more hits and we'll be in good shape."
The Marauders are coming off a 3-16 season. This year, they boast only one senior along with a few players who are playing softball for the first time.
"We've got some work to do about how to play positions and stuff but we'll be better throughout the season," Sorensen said.