The Lady Lions were not the ideal hostesses this past Thursday evening, as they used an overpowering display of double-digit hits (10), including a bases clearing triple by junior Sam Madison, to hand Powhatan, not only its initial loss of the season, but the Lady Indians’ first Jefferson District setback, with a 4-1 victory.
“This was a very, very good win tonight. I thought we hit the ball fairly well. We played solid, shut the door when we needed to and had a good game overall,” said Head Coach Dan Barrett.
Locking down Powhatan by allowing only five hits over seven strong innings, senior Brittany Wratchford gave up just a lone run while setting down by strikeout eight Lady Indian batters.
Hitting the ball firm, but seemingly right at the Powhatan fielders, the Lady Lions left runners stranded in each of the first three innings until everything finally came together in the fourth.
Singling to left field, senior Kate Chisholm put things in motion early as Megan Kocolis was issued a base on balls by seemingly rattled Indian hurler Megan Crump.
Driving a shot through the middle of the infield, Sarah Sharpe loaded the bases for “Slinging” Sam Madison. Not being one to disappoint the home folks, Madison powered a 1-1 offering from Crump into a gaping left field, clearing the bases for a 3-0 Louisa advantage.
“We hit the ball hard, not always getting a hit, but we put the ball in play,” Coach Dan Barrett said. “It paid off in the fourth inning with Sam (Madison) driving in three runs, clearing the bases. That was big.”
For the game—Wratchford, Kocolis and Lindsey Talley collected two hits a piece. Kocolis also scored a pair of runs while Madison was one for three, with three runs batted in.
A bloop single to short left field by Powhatan’s Sami Pearce, led to the only blemish of the game for the Lady Lions as Addi Johnson’s single to center field brought home the Indians’ lone run, making the score 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
Returning the favor, Kocolis directed a ball to right field for her second hit of the game, moving around the bases on the Powhatan right fielder’s error. Slapping a hit between third and the shortstop, Talley drove home Kocolis to counteract the earlier Lady Indian uprising.
A relatively easy seventh inning saw McKenzie Riner record the first out with an unassisted play at first base followed by consecutive strikeouts from Wratchford, which included catching Powhatan freshman Valerie Fridley looking at a called strike to finalize the game.
Louisa improves to 7-2 and 3-0 in the Jefferson District.