INA, Ill. — Zoe Bisby hit a pair of home runs Friday as Three Rivers got five total in a sweep of Rend Lake.
Bisby homered in each game of the doubleheader as Three Rivers won the opener 13-4 and the nightcap 13-3 in five innings. Bisby finished with five hits and five runs on the day. The third-year sophomore now has three home runs through four games.
"She's just crushing it," Three Rivers coach Jeff Null said. "One of them, I don't know if it's landed yet."
Kindi Puckett pitched six innings in the opener and allowed six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
"She threw well," Null said. "She's going to give you a chance every game no matter who you play."
Makayla Bryant pitched the seventh and didn't allow a baserunner.
After scoring three runs in the first inning, Molly Spangler had a two-run home run in the second, band two batters later, Bisby got a solo shot.
Three Rivers (4-0) finished with 12 hits and scored in all but one innings.
Lauren Joiner was 3 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and two doubles. Jaime Lee and Bisby each had two hits.
In the nightcap, Bisby got a two-run home run in the first inning as Three Rivers scored three.
The Raiders piled on seven runs in the second, including a grand slam by Cayton Sloan, who also pitched three innings in the win and allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
"I pinch hit for her the first inning and re-entered her the second," Null said. "She just hit a monster shot ... I'm never going to hear the end of that one."
Joiner added a two-run homer in the fourth inning that put the Raiders ahead by 12 runs at the time.
Rend Lake (0-4) got a two-run home run off Makale Floyd in the bottom of the fourth.
Joiner was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs in the nightcap to give her four RBIs and three extra-base hits on the day. Bisby was 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs.
"She was just consistent all day," Null said of Joiner. "Her and Zoe in the middle of the order, it seemed like they were on all day."
Three Rivers has its home opener against Southeastern Illinois at noon Saturday at McLane Park.
Scott Borkgren - Daily American Republic