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Hot start continues for Lady Eagles

Hot start continues for Lady Eagles
Hot start continues for Lady Eagles
Lanesville’s Kari McCormick slides in to score a key run for the Lady Eagles against New Washington Monday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Behind stellar pitching from Ashley Schoen and speed on the base paths, Lanesville rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat Southern Athletic Conference-foe New Washington, 6-2, Monday.
In the fourth inning, Schoen struck out the first three batters; however, on the third strikeout, Casey Johnson advanced to first base on a wild pitch. New Washington then converted an error and a Jenny Schindler single into two quick runs.
Schoen and the Lanesville offense didn’t waiver. The Lady Eagles responded with a four-run fourth inning.
Shelbie Timberlake led off with a walk, followed by a bunt single through the drawn-in infield by Kari McCormick. Erin Dorgay successfully converted a squeeze play, plating pinch runner Kayla Smith. Lanesville tied the game when McCormick scored on a wild pitch.
Schoen plated the third run of the inning after reaching on an infield error. The sophomore scored when Kelly Zollman hit a single. Lanesville also stole four bases in the inning, setting up the runs.
‘We played small ball, and that is what you have to do to win games against good competition,’ Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said. ‘We were able to execute and advance runners. We hit the ball hard and put it in play.’
Schoen went back to dominating in the circle after giving up the two runs. She struck out 17 batters, walked one and gave up two hits.
‘Ashley is getting better and better as the season goes on,’ Krammes said. ‘Her strikeouts were up there again. Against Christian Academy earlier this year, she struck out 14 of the 15 outs. She’s just getting stronger.’
Two additional runners crossed the plate in the fifth inning for the Lady Eagles. McCormick scored on an Erin Dorgay hit. Dorgay later scored after stealing third base and advancing on a throwing error.
Schoen concluded the game by recording strikeouts for the final six outs. Johnson took the loss for New Washington, who replaced Katie Rager after the first inning.
‘We got all 13 girls in the game today and they all contributed to get the job done,’ Krammes said.
Lanesville (7-2) will host its next two contests, Thursday versus West Washington at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, May 4, versus North Harrison at 7 p.m.