It took two innings, but once St. Maries’ softball team started hitting the ball there wasn’t much Bonners Ferry could do.

Especially with Taci Watkins in the circle.

A busy afternoon offensively was backed up by Taci’s 15 strikeouts in game one as her team opened the spring season with a 19-0 win.

"I was real pleased with that first bit of production," Coach Todd Bitterman said. "Taci was dominant, and the girls came out ready to play."

Kirsten Miller and Stacie Mitchell both finished with three RBIs and Stacie hit a homerun to kick start an eight-run third inning for St. Maries.

St. Maries’ finished the first game hitting .500.

Gracie Barden pitched for the Jacks in game two. She fanned five batters as her team plated eight runs in the second inning of a 16-5 victory.

Kirsten recorded four RBIs and went 3-4 in the game.

"I think we had a bit of an advantage, having practiced outside for almost two weeks," Coach Bitterman said. "We'd probably seen alittle more live pitching than they had, and it paid off, for sure."

Next Up: St. Maries (2-0) hosts Timberlake (2-2) March 23 at 4 p.m.

St. Maries 19, Bonners Ferry 0

SM 2 0 8 10 X

BF 0 0 0 0 0

Hitting: Mitchell – 4-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Miller – 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Holder – 2-3, 2 runs, RBI; Fuller – 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Watkins – 2-3, run, 2 RBI; Peel – 1-4, run, 2 RBI; Telford – 1-3, run, RBI; Spray – 1-2, 2 runs, RBI; Barden – 0-3, run

Pitching: Watkins – IP – 5, #P – 90, hits – 1, 15K

St. Maries 16, Bonners Ferry 5

SM 2 8 1 5 X

BF 1 1 1 0 2

Hitting: Miller – 3-4, run, 4 RBI; Dockery – 2-4, run, RBI; Barden – 0-2, 2 RBI; Telford – 1-3, 2 runs, RBI; Watkins – 1-2, 3 runs, RBI; Mitchell – 1-3, 3 runs; Fuller – 0-3, run, RBI; Holder – 1-1, RBI; Spray – 0-1, 2 runs; Hill – 2 runs; Chappell – run

Pitching: Barden – IP – 4.1, #P – 76, hits – 9, 5K; Todd – IP – 0.2, #P – 8, hits – 2

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