RUSK — The Rusk Lady Eagles are officially ready for their conference opener on Tuesday.
Head coach Ty Wilkerson's charges smoked Van, 8-0, Friday afternoon at Lady Eagle Park in what was the club's final game before district.
Rusk will take a 10-4-1 worksheet to Mexia on Tuesday. The Black Cats are 4-13-1 and have lost their last five outings. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Van could not figure out a way to hit the array of pitches that Kansas University signee Tatum Goff was firing up to the plate — the Lady Vandals were held to one hit in the game.
Goff notched a complete game win in the circle, struck out 15 and walked three. She got the job done in 97 pitches.
Rusk batters got rolling right out of the gate and scored three times in the opening segment.
The Red and Black had another three-run inning in the fourth and pinned on a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Lead-off hitter Grace Young singled twice for the winners and Emma Shaw launched a two-run home run in the third to help the Rusk cause.
Goff and Alynna Goldsberry had a base hit and an RBI apiece.