The Lady Shiners played one of their most complete games of the season Friday as they defeated Switzerland County 10-0 in five innings.
“Defensively, we committed no errors and offensively, we didn’t strke out and had 12 hits,” said coach Bryce Kendrick. “It’s unrealistic to expect that every game but it’s certainly what we strive for. I really liked the effort.”
Sophomore Sydney Pitts threw a 4-hitter with 10 strikeouts against no walks. She also had two hits at the plate and 2-RBI. Also of note, freshman Lindsay Montgomery homered and singled twice with 3-RBI. Junior Lucy Phelps also homered to give Rising Sun it’s 15th team home run of the season, breaking the record of 14 HRs set by the 2015 club. Freshman Tyrrah Miller had the first 3-hit game of her high school career. Sophomore Emma Levi and junior Sydney Bostic both doubled with 2-RBI.
The junior varsity lost 21-9. Freshman Hannah Warr had three hits with an RBI. Sophomore Lexi Weaver had two singles and three runs batted in. Freshmon Vada Walston batted in two runs on a hit. Sophomores Shy Higham and Alexis Wallace both singled with 1-RBI.
With a light yet steady rain falling throughout Saturday’s doubleheader with North Decatur, the Lady Shiners defeated the visiting Chargers in game one, 11-1, in five innings. RS took advantage of five consecutive walks in its first at bat and held a 4-0 lead after the opening inning.
Junior Abby Wallace notched two of the team’s five hits and also batted in a pair of runs. Sophomore Kassidy Romans hit a bases load triple for 3-RBI. Freshman Lindsay Montgomery knocked in a pair of runs while classmate Tyrrah Miller logged the team’s only other hit. Sophomore Sydney Pitts went the distance with seven strikeouts. Senior Caroline Stapleton made two very nice catches in center.
“We were given a gift to start the game and took full advantage of that,” said coach Bryce Kendrick referencing early Charger walks which set the table for the four-run first inning. “We were walked 13 times overall which is mostly why we only had five hits. I highly doubt we will see that many walks when we face them again in the first round of the sectional. Hopefully, we’ll continue to put good pitches in play and replace those walks with hits.”
The teams broke for lunch while the rain continued to fall after game one. The second game was called by the umpires after 1-1/2 innings due to safety concerns with a very slick and deteriorating infield.