Honoring their three seniors before the game—Kate Chisholm, McKenzie Riner and Brittany Wratchford—the Lady Lions enjoyed a relatively easy “Senior Night” victory by rolling over visiting Charlottesville High School 16-1 on Monday, May 13.
“It’s always good to have a nice game on senior night. These three seniors are very special to me. They have been in the program five years and this is my fifth year being on the coaching staff, so it’s been nice to be able to move up with them,” said Louisa Head Coach Dan Barrett. “These three girls have everything to offer both on and off the field. They are very special to me and to the program.”
Definitely not a harbinger of things to come, Charlottesville nonetheless put its first batter on base due to a Lady Lion miscue, but that was just about as good as things would get for the visitors, for at least the majority of the contest.
Closing out the Lady Black Knights quickly after Louisa’s initial gaffe, senior Wratchford struck down three consecutive Charlottesville hitters in her only pitching stint of the evening to rapidly end any potential threat.
Walking to open the contest for Louisa, Lindsey Talley promptly stole second and third base, only to be driven home by teammate Chrissy Cromer’s sacrifice to right field.
Making her way to first after being hit by Charlottesville pitcher Tanner Largent, Wratchford swiped second base, made her way to third on a passed ball, and scored on classmate Riner’s single up the middle for a 2-0 Lady Lion advantage.
Erupting for six runs in the second inning, Louisa (13-3/8-1) was well on its way to a laid-back, yet not trouble-free evening. As freshman Sarah Sharpe initiated events by reaching base on the Lady Black Knights third baseman’s error, a one-out combination hit-parade and slip-up fest began.
Four Charlottesville errors and another passed ball, coupled with a several hits from the Lady Lions made for some frustrated guests.
With Sharpe already home with one run, back-to-back singles from Talley and Cromer provided additional scoring opportunities for Louisa that were aptly taken advantage of by Wratchford, Riner and Katie Harlow.
Pushing across five supplementary runs utilizing theft, deception and confusion, the Lady Lions boosted their lead to 8-0 after two innings of play.
“It was a pretty easy game, but we didn’t have a perfect game either. We took advantage of some of their blunders, but there are some things we still need to work on,” said Barrett.”
Read The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2013 edition for the rest of the story