By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- After Morgan Kyler trotted around the bases and was back in the dugout, a Mifflinburg parent remarked that Kyler had just hit her first home run.
Your first home run is a grand slam that ends a game? Not a bad time to hit one.
Kyler's sixth-inning grand slam put into effect the mercy rule as Mifflinburg rolled past Danville, 11-0 in 6 innings, to pick up the Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I victory on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Danville.
Mifflinburg (15-5, 10-4 HAC-I) paired a superb offensive output with a splendid defensive effort. In total, the Wildcats collected 15 hits through six innings, while Mifflinburg sophomore Hannah Boop tossed a 3-hit shutout against Danville (5-12), recording six strikeouts, all but one of which was swinging.
"We're not hitting particularly well the last few weeks and you see what you get: 11-0," Danville coach Dwyane Heeter said.
The Wildcats hit for the cycle in the sixth with Kyler's grand slam, a triple by McKenzie Noll, a double by Sara Stauffer and a hard single to left by Mackenzie Kyler.
After a 1-2-3 inning to start the game -- including a solid double play by Danville to force out Kayla Kline at second -- Mifflinburg nearly batted around in the second.
Mackenzie Kyler (3-for-4, 3 runs) got things started with a single to right before a bunt single by Molly Davis moved Kyler to second. Back-to-back doubles by Kylie Kuhns and Emily Stauffer brought two runs in before Kline came through with an RBI-single into left. Kline was 3-for-3 at the plate.
"Anybody can hit (on our team) from the top to the bottom. We all can get good pitches that we know we can hit and we all hit the ball very well (Tuesday)," Kline said.