Kuna softball remains unbeaten in 4A SIC

The Kavemen and Knights hit seven home runs in Kuna's 10th consecutive victory.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comApril 23, 2014 

Whether it was the top, middle or bottom of the order seemed to be of little consequence.

The Kuna High batters connected with force Tuesday

Four players hit home runs in an 8-4 softball victory at Bishop Kelly, keeping the Kavemen unbeaten in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference with four games remaining in the regular season.

Kuna (14-2, 12-0 4A SIC) also had four homers last week against Skyview. "Sometimes it just happens. It's nothing we practice,'' Kuna coach Joe Kleffner said.

Freshman right fielder Rylee Newman got the slugfest started, connecting for a three-run shot in the top of the first. Junior catcher Savannah Nell followed with a two-out solo home run for an early 4-0 lead.

"We just have a lot of confidence up there because we have been doing pretty good as a team," said Nell, who bats cleanup and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

The Knights (11-5, 9-3) — the defending district and state champions — tried not to let the early trouble rattle them.

Sophomore catcher Gabi Harrington cut the deficit in half, smacking a two-run, line-drive over the left-field fence in the bottom of the first to bring BK within 4-2. Harrington finished a combined 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, and junior Liliya Imbriani went 3-for-3 with a home run to lead the Knights.

But Kuna's bats couldn't be kept quiet.

Leadoff hitter Ivy Hommel, a freshman, hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and designated player Amanda Kleffner did the same in the sixth.

"They hit the ball very well today. You can't defend balls over the fence," Bishop Kelly coach Tom Antonoplos said. "You have to give them credit, they hit the ball very well through their lineup. It wasn't just one or two. They did a great job."

The Kavemen finished with 13 hits divided among seven batters.

"When one person gets a hit, everyone's up on the fence and everyone is encouraging," Hommel said. "Our dugout is always up. No one is ever sitting down. Everyone is pumped up and ready to go."

Kuna's win Tuesday was the first of three tough games this week against teams directly below the Kavemen in the conference standings. Kuna plays at No. 2 Middleton (15-2, 10-2) on Thursday and at home against No. 4 Emmett (12-6, 8-4) on Friday.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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