PITTSFIELD - When your team wins a game 13-0 and your pitcher throws a no-hitter, it's tough to find things to fix.
Still, that is part of the job for Madison County, N.C., coach Jeff Loven after his Southeast champions routed Southern Plains, Colo., in an early game Thursday. Madison County earned another easy win later Thursday, and is one of five teams still unbeaten in the World Series pool-play round. The Berkshire Force, Fern Creek (Ky.), Kinnelon (N.J.) and Lodi (Calif.) are the others.
Madison County scored 10 runs in the first inning, and Sam Gosnell didn't allow the Midwest Plains champions to get a hit. She struck out five in the five-inning game.
"We've got to get our intensity up," Loven said. "We scored 10 runs in the first inning, and as kids do, they let their guard down. We need to get a little more enthusiasm. Of course, in these early games, you can [make] a little bit of an exception. But we've got to get better energy throughout the game."
Baylea Loven tripled twice and drove in three runs for the victors, and Gosnell helped her own cause with three more RBI.
"Sam walked four kids, but pitching was obviously very good," Jeff Loven said. "Hitting was very good, too."
That hitting continued in Madison County's second game of the day, a 20-2 rout of Mass. state champion Plymouth. Baylea Loven drove in five runs, Brooke Vilcinskas added four RBI and Sam Harwood drove in four runs to help her own cause on the mound.
Hannah Bailey drove in a run for Plymouth.
Rochester, N.H. 14, Waretown, N.J. 4
The New England regional champions scored six runs in the bottom of the third to take control of what had been a two-run ballgame. Rochester scored 11 of its runs in the first three innings.
Mackenzie Dias was 3 for 4 with four RBI for Rochester. Mallory Perron and Deanna Scahill drove in two runs each for the victors. Scahill also earned the pitching win in relief, throwing three innings.
Brittany Buehrer drove in two runs for Waretown, the Middle Atlantic regional champion.
Hoquiam, Wash. 10, St. Charles Parish, La. 7
The Pacific Northwest champions rebounded from a no-hit loss in their Wednesday opener, taking control for good Thursday with a seven-run fifth inning.
Paige Folkers was 2 for 3 with a team-high four RBI for Hoquiam, tripling and reaching on an error. Emily Wharton doubled and drove in two runs for the victors.
Five different players drove in runs for St. Charles Parish, the Southwest regional champ. Sydney Matherne was 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. St. Charles Parish mounted a late rally with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings, but came up short in their pool-play opener.
North Tampa, Fla. 10, Manchester, N.H. 0
North Tampa's Darcy Gott no-hit Manchester's Granite State Rockers, striking out two and walking just one as the Florida state champions won in five innings.
Twenty-seven of Gott's 36 pitches were strikes, and she faced one batter over the minimum. Ysabella Dominguez, Destiny Kebreau and Alyssa LoSauro drove in two runs each for North Tampa, which scored all its runs in the second through fourth innings.
LoSauro tripled in a run and subsequently scored on an error in North Tampa's four-run third inning.
Kinnelon, N.J. 7, Del Rio, Texas 1
The New Jersey state champs scored twice in the bottom of the first and never looked back in a win over Del Rio's Nitro squad.
Julia Balick was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Kinnelon. Pitcher Alexa Saccomanno allowed just a fourth-inning run, and gave up just two hits in an 89-pitch outing.
For Del Rio, Christiana Saenz drove in a run in the fourth inning. Clarissa Alarcon and Rayissa Munoz had a single each.
Fern Creek, Ky. 9, West Volusia, Fla. 5
Fern Creek, the Ohio Valley regional champion, improved to 2-0 in pool play. Fern Creek took the lead for good by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Samuari Jones, Alexis Skiles and Madison Yates drove in two runs each for the victors. Fern Creek knocked out five extra-base hits in the win, with Skiles tripling to left field in the third and driving in a run. Jones doubled in two runs in the fifth.
Defensively, the game was sloppy. Both teams committed eight errors, with West Volusia taking advantage of Fern Creek's mistakes. All five Florida runs scored due to errors.
Lodi, Calif. 8, Rochester, N.H. 7
Lodi scored four times in the bottom of the seventh, walking off with a win when Thalia Rosette's bases-loaded single turned into a play that allowed her and every other runner to score.
Rosette's single scored both Irene Miranda and Veronica Smith. A Rochester throwing error on the play then allowed both Jaime Lewis and Rosette to score and end the game, keeping Lodi unbeaten.
Rosette drove in three runs in the win, adding an RBI triple in the first inning. Mariah Mendoza pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief for the win on the mound.
For Rochester, Mackenzie Dias was 2 for 3 with two RBI. Brittany Faucher, Mallory Perron and Madison Provencher also drove in runs for Rochester, which scored three times in the sixth inning to take a 7-3 lead. Lodi, however, pushed across a run in the bottom of the frame before completing the rally in the seventh.