Lumberjills Battle Through Tough Week
The Lady Silver Knights scored early and often en route to a 15-3 victory over the Valley Lumberjills in the first game of a double-header, held April 14 at Tyler Consolidated High School.
The Valley Lumberjills raced out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Megan Brown delivered a one-out single, stole second, and was brought home on a Sydney Bucher RBI double. Kinsey Harris ripped a two-out single, knocking in Bucher, and stole a base before Samantha Duke knocked her with a base-hit.
The Lady Knights then fought back to score six runs in the home half to grab a 6-3 advantage. JoLee Walton made quick work of the ‘Jills setting them down, one-two-three, while the Knights added six more runs in the second to take command.
Once again Walton took out Valley in order, while taking on three more runs to win the mercy-rule shortened game.
Kinsey Harris took the loss from the circle. She struck-out three, while belting an RBI single at the plate. Megan Brown singled and scored, while Samantha Duke added an RBI single.
For the Silver Knights, Shiann Jones and Maddie Ice singled and scored three times. Jones also stole four bases. Breauna Anderson tripled a plated three, while Alexis Helmick singled, tripled and knocked in a pair to pace the Knights at the plate.
Tyler 12, Valley 4
Tyler turned up the heat in game two, scoring seven runs in the second and five more in the fifth to beat Valley, 12-4, in the night-cap.
Again, the Lumberjills took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Megan Brown drilled a one-out single and scored on a Sydney Bucher double.
Valley scored two more in the second when Christine Williams singled with one out and Elizabeth Conley walked. Hailey Baker singled, and Rachel Bates drilled a two-run double to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Tyler added seven runs in the second on singles by Shiann Jones, Brianna Wade, Breauna Anderson, Sadie Nichols, Allie Miller and a triple by Madison DeVaughn to grab a 7-3 lead.
Neither team scored until the fifth when Brown tripled for the Lumberjills but was dead on arrival at home, trying to get an inside-the-park home run. Bucher singled, stole a base, and scored on a Harris single.
However, Tyler scored five more runs in the fifth for the mercy-rule shortened game, keyed by two-out singles by Anderson, Alexandra Mongold, Alexis Helmick, Ashlyn Miller, DeVaughn and Jones.
Brown was the losing pitcher for Valley. She struck-out two and walked two, while DeVaughn got the win for Tyler. She struck-out five and walked two. Valley committed six errors, while the Knights were guilty with four.
Notre Dame 9-10, Valley 1-0
Notre Dame’s Kira Riffle did it at the plate and from the circle in winning a 9-1 and 10-0 double header over the Valley Lumberjills. The softball action happened April 18 in Pine Grove.
From the plate, Ripple smacked a 3-0 grand slam in the opener, while adding a pair of singles. From within the circle, Ripple limited the Lumberjills to five singles in the two games. Sydney Bucher got the only hit in the opener, while Alex Bassett, Tessa Dudgeon, Jamey West and Megan Brown each singled for the Lumberjills in the second outing.
Brown took the loss in the opener; she struck-out eight, but walked 11. In the finale, Christine Williams took the loss; she didn’t strike out a batter and walked three. Brown finished the second outing from the circle; she stuck-out two and walked four.