Lady Eagles spread out hits, top South
Lanesville jumped on rival South Central in the early going, keyed by a four-run second inning, leading to a 9-1 victory in Elizabeth on Thursday.
The Lady Eagles put together 12 hits, helping lead to the nine runs. On the South Central side, the Lady Rebels amassed six hits but struggled to come up with shots with runners in scoring position.
‘Compared to last year, based on some games we’ve both played, I knew this was going to be a tough team,’ Lanesville coach Eric Pavey said. ‘It was a good win for us. It was positive for us to come out here and swing the bats well.’
Getting the first batter on base led to early scoring for Lanesville.
Katelyn Pavey pulled a shot down the right-field line to open the game. Eventually making her way to third with a stolen base, Pavey scored when two-hitter Katelyn Hurley lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center.
‘Katelyn does a nice job getting on base for us to get her around,’ coach Pavey said. ‘It’s exciting to get that first run in the first inning.’
Lanesville took the 1-0 lead after one inning and turned it to 5-0 after the top of the second.
Regan Walker drew a lead-off walk, while teammate Peyton Sonner reached as well via a free pass. With two outs, a pair of runs scored when Pavey sent a liner to center field. Hurley added to the scoring with a sharp liner knocked down by South Central shortstop Jordan Renn for a hit.
An infield error by the Lady Rebels then a bases-loaded 10-foot single in front of the dish by Mckenzie Randolph scored courtesy runner Lily Romeo.
‘We are young and still working,’ South Central coach Katie Crecelius said. ‘We work hard on bunt coverage. The outfield is moving in all situations … Defensively, we could have played a little cleaner. We threw the ball around a couple of times. A quick Lanesville team was able to capitalize.’
One of South Central’s best scoring chances came in the bottom of the second. Kendall Miller had a stellar day at the dish, going 3 for 3, including a single in the second. A Lanesville error allowed Cierra Smith to reach, but Lanesville pitcher Hurley induced a Katie Shoemaker out to end the frame.
The Lady Rebels put a run on the board in the fourth, began by a Miller single. A double by Smith along the left-field line made the score 6-1 when Miller scored.
‘(Miller) was 3 for 3; (Morgan) Mills 2 for 3, I can’t ask for more than that,’ Crecelius said. ‘Our thing is Miller, Mills and Smith are doing all the hitting for us. No matter the score, we need girls to know their bat still matters. Up and down the lineup, we need to build confidence.’
Three straight hits by Lanesville, beginning with a Mackenzie Miller double, trailed by singles from Walker and Danielle Brown started the fifth. Pavey, who went 4 for 5, had a single in the frame, helping push Lanesville up 8-1.
Lanesville split the pitching duties among Hurley and Abby Duncan. In relief, Duncan struck out six during three innings.
‘In our last four games, we’ve allowed only one walk,’ Eric Pavey said. ‘Our pitchers are doing an outstanding job getting the hitters to hit to our defense. If we continue to do that, we should do well.’
‘We saw two good pitchers,’ Crecelius said. ‘We tried to read Katelyn and get her early in the count. Once you let them get ahead, they will work to get you out with the pitch they want to throw.’
At third base, Nia Tomes made several plays to her left and right, helping out the Lanesville pitchers.
‘I told Nia tonight it was the best defensive game I’ve ever seen her play,’ Pavey said. ‘For a third baseman, she has learned to knock down those hot shots and just make the play.’
Crecelius saw some bright spots. Not only did Miller bring her bat, the catcher was willing to make strong throws from behind the plate.
‘Kendall does a great job behind the plate and has a great arm,’ the Lady Rebels’ coach said. ‘It’s getting her confidence built up to throw down more. I was glad to see her throw at first trying to pick runners off. (First baseman) Alyssa (Pumphrey) has been working on her footwork, knowing the count and being ready for pick-offs.’
Sydney Lewis took the loss in the circle for the Lady Rebels. She struck out six and walked three during seven innings.
Lanesville 140 121 0 ‘ 9 12 1
South Central 000 100 0 ‘ 1 6 4
W ‘ Hurley, L ‘ Lewis.
2B ‘ Miller (L), Walker (L), Smith (SC).