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This was one softball game Edinburgh wasn’t about to let get away.

Last week, the Lancers had a 3-1 lead against Columbus East in their season opener, but East scored four runs late to take a 5-3 win.

Edinburgh didn’t take any chances Monday, scoring seven first-inning runs on the way to a 12-0 rout of Franklin.

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Bailey Woodall led off the game by laying down a perfect bunt, the first of five straight hits for the Lancers. Maddi Clark doubled in Woodall, then Sidney Beier, Vanessa McManaway and Paige Burton each singled.

Edinburgh was able to bat all the way around to Woodall, and the senior wasn’t as conservative, belting an RBI triple.

All told, the Lancers had seven hits to go with those seven runs, and there was no way Edinburgh was going to kick this one away.

“We were ready to play (Monday),” Edinburgh coach Stephen Clark said. “We didn’t hit well against Columbus East. We were supposed to play Crothersville last week, but that was washed out, so instead the girls concentrated on their hitting.”

The Lancers added nine more hits, including a two-run home run to left field by McManaway.

McManaway had quite the day with four hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Woodall had three hits, a run scored and an RBI.

Senior Bri Howard had a pair of singles, batted in two runs and scored three times.

Maddi Clark pitched the shutout, scattering three hits while striking out nine Cub batters.

The only extra-base hit the Cubs had came from sophomore Haley Hull, who doubled in the fourth inning. She was one of only three Franklin players who got to second base.

“I’m very pleased with the girls,” Stephen Clark said. “I liked the way they chose their pitch to hit. They were very disciplined tonight. If they like it, they have the green light.”

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Ken Severson is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.