The Indian Trail softball team busted out the bats to open its season with a win over last year’s WIAA Division-1 state runner-up.

In a non-conference home game Thursday, the Hawks smacked 14 hits and held on to defeat Burlington, 15-10. The game was initially scheduled to be played in Burlington but was moved to Indian Trail on Wednesday night.

“Beating a quality team and the defending Southern Lakes (Conference) champs and state runner-up is huge for us,” Indian Trail coach Matt Bradley said. “... We have a lot to work on to get better, and we will, but I couldn’t be happier with the result and the effort to beat a very good team.”

McKenzie Lamos opened her season with a bang, going 3-for-3 with a homer, a triple and four RBI. Taylor Jacobson went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, Morgan Fuhrer was 2-for-4 with a double and Abby Wierzbicki and Trinity Gilbert each went 2-for-4.

Anna Vignali, who also homered, went the distance in the circle for the win, striking out seven and walking four.

Indian Trail, which committed five errors, led 15-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Demons — batting as the home team — rallied.

Burlington scored four runs in the seventh, but Vignali got the last out with the help of Gilbert’s nice play in center field.

Mike Johnson