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Louisa Lions go big in spring break tourney

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

Kennadie Batchelor rounds third and heads for home during the Lions’ game against Austintown-Fitch High School on day three of the Grand Strand Classic Tournament.
Photo by James O’Reilly

The Louisa County High School softball team brought back a special souvenir from their spring break trip to Myrtle Beach: A championship plaque.

Specifically, a plaque for winning their bracket in the 2017 Grand Strand Classic Softball tournament. To win that piece of hardware, the Lions faced off against five schools from five states between April 10-14.

“It feels good,” Head Coach Jennifer Falin said. “I hope that the girls can see how well they played together. They got some good wins under their belt.”

Louisa was 4-1 for the week, with all four wins coming by decisive margins. The girls opened the week on April 10 with an 8-1 win over George Washington High School of Charleston, West Virginia. Kennadie Batchelor put the Lions on the board with a run in the first inning, then Amanda Kern and Taylor Dickerson added to the score in the second to boost Louisa to 3-0.

Taylor Robinson amplified the lead with a solo home run in the third before George Washington was able to score their only run in the sixth inning. Kern, Robinson, Hannah Fletcher and Morgan Mitchell each crossed the plate in the seventh inning for the final four runs.

Building off of that opening win, the Lions went into day two ready to face Berea High School of Greenville, South Carolina. Sarah Proctor set the tone for the game in her first at-bat, hitting a solo home run to start what would be a 10-0 victory for the Lions. Before the first inning was over, Dickerson, Mitchell and Saniya Jones would each score for the Lions.

Louisa added to their score in the second, with Batchelor and Amber Lanch each crossing home plate to boost the Lions to 6-0. Jones, Kern, Robinson and Laura Garrett scored Louisa’s final four runs.

On April 12, Louisa faced Austintown-Fitch High School of Austintown, Ohio. Louisa again dominated, giving up only one run, while putting 12 on the board themselves. Batchleor led the scoring with three runs over the first three innings. Robinson added a pair,  and Proctor, Mitchell, Fletcher, Jones, Garrett, Dickerson and Lanch each scored once.

Hopes of a week-long sweep were denied on the fourth day of the tournament, which saw the Lions face off against James Madison High School of Vienna, Virginia. Proving to be one of the toughest opponents of the week, James Madison jumped ahead 3-0 after the first inning, then added five more in the third on their way to a 15-2 win over the Lions. Mitchell scored both of Louisa’s runs, one in the second inning and another in the third.

Falin cited several mistakes on defense as a key reason for the loss, and it is something she hopes to work on going forward with the season.

To read the entire story, see the April 20 edition of The Central Virginian.