VANCEBURG — Senior Nights by no means come simple, particularly when a best 50 group within the state is coming in.
But after a few cancellations, the Lewis County softball group was once left with no longer a lot of a call with handiest two house video games last, welcoming Lawrence County on Friday in Vanceburg.
The Lady Bulldogs greeted the Lady Lions rudely, striking up six runs within the first two innings and coming away with an 8-5 victory, the primary house lack of the season for the Lady Lions and simply the second one lack of the season to an in-state opponent.
“Originally had Rowan County scheduled. Then we were going to do Fleming County and both cancelled. Didn’t have much choice. I hate it for my girls and hate it for my seniors, they played their hearts out and I don’t feel like we played a terrible game, I felt like we played okay,” Lady Lions trainer Chad Case mentioned. “They played really good. Caught balls that you know that would normally get down, they made diving catches. They made really good plays in the field. I give them credit.”
But if final season is any indicator, shedding at house down the stretch isn’t as large of a deal.
The large image remains to be a go back travel to Lexington for the state event. The alternative for that begins on Monday within the 63rd District Tournament semifinals in opposition to Russell.
Five wins separates the Lady Lions from their final purpose they usually know the objective is on their again because the protecting 63rd District and sixteenth Region champ. Friday served as a trademark issues gained’t come simple. While the Lady Lions are undefeated in area play and gained’t have to stand Lawrence County once more, they know the battles over the following two weeks will likely be one of the vital hardest in their season.
In their 3 earlier losses, Case pointed to the gloves no longer being as sharp. A favorable from Friday’s loss is they have been, just one error was once dedicated Friday evening. Some positions have been switched round to get their 4 seniors at the box, however Case is aware of the gloves want to be sharp regardless of the dominance Emily Cole owns within the circle.
“With Emily on the mound, I’ll be honest with you the way she pitches sometimes our defense doesn’t work a whole lot a lot of times. So the first couple of losses, they started putting balls in play and we started making silly mistakes. We came in and worked on it and we really got better. So I really feel good about where we’re at on defense,” Case mentioned. “I think one error the whole game tonight. Played defense really well. I felt like we hit the ball well, so I really feel good about where we’re at right now,” Case mentioned.
Cole was once touched up for 11 hits and 6 earned runs on Friday, essentially the most earned runs in a recreation allowed this season.
“To me Emily always pitches well, but Emily has her own perspective of how she pitches. I could tell she was a little bit frustrated. I think she was fine and just needed to know she was fine and I kept trying to encourage her and let her know that she was fine. You just got to give credit to those kids over there. I mean, they hit the ball well. We didn’t bobble and fumble it all over the place. They hit the ball,” Case mentioned.
Case mentioned Cole will possibly get the time off within the circle on Saturday to get relaxation for Monday.
The lineup continues to hit, the Lady Lions amassing 10 hits, seven other Lady Lions registering successful together with the rally starter within the backside of the 6th when the seven, 8 and 9 hitters reached.
It introduced the highest of the lineup up, Kayla Sullivan walked to load the bases, citing Sarah Paige Weddington in a 6-4 recreation with the bases loaded and no outs.
But her lineout to brief that led to a double play summed up their evening.
“Especially in that situation. A big game, Senior Night, 7-8-9 get on and you come up with the bases loaded with your number two hitter coming up. That was our inning. Some unfortunate plays,” Case mentioned. “We just couldn’t catch a break. We hit hit the ball really well, just right at them. Their defense played great. My seniors, they had a good day. They were a little tore up going out of here, but we’re gonna bounce back. We’re fine,” Case mentioned.
Cole adopted with an RBI unmarried to make it 6-5, however Alanna Puente’s line pressure shot to middle was once proper at Lady Bulldogs Bree Jones, including to her stellar efficiency in middle that incorporated a diving catch previous within the contest.
The danger ended, the Lady Bulldogs added two within the 7th and that was once all she wrote.
Back to final season, the Lady Lions misplaced their ultimate two house video games of the common season. What adopted was once a seven-game successful streak the entire solution to the state semifinals.
Maybe they’ll be simply high-quality with every other loss on Saturday if it occurs.
“You know, it’s always hard to take a loss. But, you know, sometimes it does help you get ready for district tournament and these kids realize, hey, everybody’s coming to get you and you gotta be ready. You gotta give your best effort every time you go out. So we will build from it. We built from the last time we lost. We will build from this,” Case mentioned.
Saturday’s first pitch is slated for 12 p.m.
LADY BULLDOGS 8, LADY LIONS 5
LAWRENCE COUNTY — 420-000-2 — 8-11-2
LEWIS COUNTY — 300-002-0 — 5-10-1
2B — (Lawrence) Feltner (Lewis) Sullivan 2, Egbert
3B — (Lawrence) Crum
RBI — (Lawrence) Nelson, Crum 2, Feltner, Blevins, Pierce 2 (Lewis) Cole, Case, D’Souza, Puente 2
R — (Lawrence) Jones 2, Crum 2, Triplett, Feltner, Nelson, Maynard (Lewis) Weddington, Puente, Johnson, Case, Willis
WP — Triplett. LP — Cole.
Records: Lawrence County 24-6, Lewis County 26-4