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1-hitter sends Lanesville to final

1-hitter sends Lanesville to final
1-hitter sends Lanesville to final
First baseman Peyton Sonner comes up to catch a soft line drive for Lanesville on Monday. Photo by Brian Smith

The message to Lanesville players in pre-game was to jump on New Washington early in the semi-final of the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional.
Playing on its home field but being visitors on the scoreboard played right into 1A No. 12 Lanesville’s hands.
The tournament draw set the Lady Eagles softball team up as visitors in the opener, allowing the bats to fire early. Lead-off hitter Katelyn Pavey, who reached base all four times at bat, smacked a single to the outfield grass to start the game.
Two-hitter Katelyn Hurley brought Pavey in by reaching on an error. Two batters later, Mickey Randolph plated courtesy runner Lily Romeo.
‘We started hot with the bats,’ Lanesville coach Eric Pavey said.
From there, a 2-0 lead after one inning was more than enough for twirler Hurley. She held New Washington to one hit through five innings, leading to a resounding 16-0 victory.
‘The great part about (Hurley) is she saved her arm for the next game,’ Pavey said. ‘She did well. She missed a few spots, but, overall, really happy with her.’
New Washington’s lone offensive threat came in the bottom of the first when Madison Miller and Becky Barger reached on a single and error, respectively. Lanesville left the inning with no damage when Mackenzie Miller charged a slow roller from her second-base position for an out at first.
Lanesville later put together a pair of seven-run innings.
The first came in the third when Lanesville sent 11 batters to the box. Singles by Pavey, Laynie Collins and Randolph kicked off things. A pair of fielder’s choices hit by Peyton Sonner and Nia Tomes brought in runs as New Washington’s tries at home were called safe. Hurley made the score 9-0 when she brought home two runners with a single.
‘We wanted to come out fast and hard against them,’ said the Lanesville coach. ‘We accomplished what we wanted to do and set the tone. Our players ran a little bit, executed a squeeze play at home; they are things we needed to work on.’
More runs crossed in the seventh, with Hurley drawing a bases-loaded walk then RBI hits via Collins, Randolph and Regan Walker plating runs.
Collins, Pavey and Randolph paced the Lanesville offense with two hits apiece.
Hurley worked quickly in the circle after allowing a pair of runners to reach in the first inning. She struck out four and didn’t allow a free pass, earning the five-inning win.
New Washington pitcher Gracie Krouse took the loss, walking five and striking out three.
‘We had a great opening crowd,’ Pavey said. ‘I can’t thank our fans enough for coming out to support us. We hope to have more on Wednesday.’
Lanesville, moving to 19-7 on the season, has a match-up with defending 1A state champ No. 1 Borden today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.
‘We will need more quality at bats on Wednesday,’ Coach Pavey said. ‘We will need to lay off the high pitches and make them work down. We will need to play seven solid innings.’

Lanesville 207 07 ‘ 16 8 1
New Washington 000 00 ‘ 0 1 5
W ‘ Hurley, L ‘ Krouse.