Shiners News · Softball Splits Pair of Games

Lady Shiners Open ORVC With A Victory-Rising Sun hosted Southwestern Monday.  The Lady Shiners won their ORVC opener with a 10-3 decision over the Lady Rebels.

Freshman Lindsay Montgomery homered twice with three RBI. The first was a solo laser line drive shot to left center. The second was a 2-run towering blast to left. She also had one stolen base.
Juniors Abby Wallace and Lucy Phelps executed successful consecutive safety squeeze bunts scoring Sydney Pitts and Montgomery to open up a 3-run lead in the 4th.
Senior Caroline Stapleton, junior Sydney Bostic plus sophomores Kassidy Romans and Emma Levi provided a hit each.
Sophomore Sydney Pitts pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts.
Lady Shiners Take And Lose Lead Late
In a makeup game at Batesville on Tuesday, the Lady Shiners lost to the Lady Bulldogs 9-6.  Rising Sun bats were held in check for the first four innings as RS fell behind 5-0.
But the Shiners erupted for six runs in the fifth highlighted by a pair of 2-RBI singles by sophomore Kassidy Romans and freshman Lindsay Montgomery plus two single RBI base hits by sophomore Sydney Pitts and junior Lucy Phelps.
Unfortunately, the defense fell apart in the top of the sixth and allowed four unearnered runs on four defensive mistakes which led to the 3-run loss.
While several players played out of position due to the absence of a key starter, it’s expected they fill those positions well as the basics of fielding, throwing and catching do not change.  But in the big picture, the game was not a key one and, hopefully, players will learn from the experience should a similar situation arise later in the season.
On a bright note, sophomore Lura Little and freshman Shelby Stogsdill both received their first starts.  Little was inserted as a DP and freshman Shelby Stogsdill was flexed as the center fielder. Little had three quality at bats, including her first ever varsity hit. She deserved a better fate in her final at bat. Stogsdill did a very nice job in the outfield.
In the JV game which was stopped before completion due to time and cold, freshman Vada Walston showed marked improvement as a pitcher.  Little had a hit and two stolen bases.  Sophomore Belle Weaver had the team’s only RBI.