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Louisa sluggers fight hard in Myrtle Beach

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Olivia Chenault safely reaches first base during the Lions’ game against Jefferson High School on April 15, their first of five in the Grand Strand Classic tournament.
Photo by Maria Seay.

Louisa’s softball team spent its spring break in South Carolina playing in the Grand Strand Classic tournament. The Lions played five games over four days, earning a 3-2 record for the week.

“It was a good trip for the team,” head coach Susan Sharpe said. “We saw decent competition and we were competitive.”

The Lions opened their week with a 10-0 victory on April 15 over Jefferson High School of Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia. Brook Vicnze and Taylor Fifer scored in the first inning to put Louisa up 2-0. Olivia Chenault crossed the plate in the fourth to add to the lead.

The Lions found their offensive stride in the fifth inning, plating seven runners to reach their final score. Chenault and Vicnze scored again, and Brie Tyler, Haley Rosson, Jerri Lynn Schull, Saniya Jones and Katey Parshall each scored their first run of the tournament.

“The girls came out to play,” Sharpe said. “For the most part, they were disciplined at the plate, worked the count deep and came up with a few big hits.”

Louisa carried the momentum from that win into their next game on April 16 against Socastee High School of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, eking out a 4-3 win. Tyler got the Lions on the scoreboard in the first inning. Socastee went ahead in the third inning with a pair of runs, leading 2-1.

The Lions answered in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fifer, Rosson and Caroline Sampson each scored a run to put Louisa back on top, 4-2. Socastee scored their final run in the top of the fifth.

Louisa’s first loss came on April 17 against Wayland High School of Wayland, Massachusetts. The Lions fell 11-5.

Wayland opened the game with four runs in the first inning, then added two in the second for a 6-1 lead. Chenault got Louisa on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. The Lions’ defense kept their opponents from adding to their lead for the next few innings, managing to cut it considerably in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Vicnze, Tyler, Rosson and Schull each crossed the plate in that inning to pull the score to 6-5. Despite their best efforts, that was as close as they would get. Wayland added five additional runs in the top of the seventh to close out the game.

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s April 25, 2019 issue.

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