KEY WEST’S MIESHA HERNANDEZ CRUSHES TWO HOME RUNS IN TWO GAMES

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Pitcher Neveah Arnold

It took an extra inning for Santa Fe to beat the Lady Conchs’ softball team on March 10, when the aptly named Raiders stole away Key West’s perfect record. Nevaeh Arnold faced 40 batters in eight innings, keeping the score close, but the Raiders’ bats were a menace, racking up 16 hits in the game. Key West earned six hits of their own, including a bomb from Miesha Hernandez to tie it up in the fifth inning. Hernandez also connected for a base hit, and the Conchs amassed singles from Madelyn Perusse, Scarlet Niles, Dharma Murray and Isabella Franco. 

The next afternoon, the Conchs faced Chaminade Madonna, winning 12-1. Chloe Gilday went seven innings for Key West, facing 27 batters and sending 13 back to the dugout. Hernandez homered again to tally her third this season, racking up three RBIs with the big hit in the third inning. Vera Rodger had a solo homer in the sixth. Niles had a pair of base hits and Perusse, Murray, Ty Cervantes, Tavyn Gage, Caroline Smith and Alexandra Rodriguez added the rest in the 10-run pile against the Lions. Key West will look to keep their 4-1 record heading into a four-game tournament next weekend.

A postponed game against Greater Miami gave Marathon’s Lady Fins just one game last week, when they traveled to Somerset South Homestead to take on the Hurricanes. Marathon made the most of their single outing, winning the game 19-2 in just three innings of play. Pitcher Allison Garcia was back in the circle for Marathon, striking out seven of 13 batters faced. Ryleigh Garcia and Elena Eubank were perfect at the plate with three hits each. Maeve Merryman chalked up two base hits and Sara Robinson, Daniella Gonzalez, Alba Rodriguez, Madelyn Thornton and Sage Brown earned one hit each. The 3-1 Fins will be on the road until March 28 against Monsignor Pace.

Coral Shores traveled to Miami on Mar. 10 to take on the Bobcats of Lourdes Academy. The ’Canes lost 19-4 in three innings of play.

Photos by ELLA HALL/Keys Weekly.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.