Lions explode early against Patriots at home

Brooke Vincze crosses home plate during the Lions’ first inning surge against Albemarle on May 20. Vincze scored two runs for the Lions throughout the game, notched two hits and one RBI.

The Louisa Lions’ softball team put up 11 runs in the first inning of their home game agiainst Albemarle on May 20, going on to defeat the Patriots 13-0.

Savannah Bragg got the Lions on the board early in the inning, followed shortly by Dara Sharpe, who scored on a RBI single from Brie Tyler. Haley Rosson hit a triple to plate Tyler, then scored on a single from Brooke Vincze, putting the Lions up 4-0. 

Olivia Chenault plated Brady Shifflett with an RBI double and Vincze and Chenault both scored on wild pitches to boost their lead to 7-0. Bragg and Sharpe scored again, both reaching home on a double from Jerri Lynn Shull. Shull crossed the plate on an RBI single from Emily Hall, who rounded out the inning’s scoring by crossing the plate after Shifflett was hit by a pitch.

The Lions added a pair of runs later in the game. Maddox Pleasants scored in the third inning, reaching home on a sacrifice fly from Emily Gillespie, and Vincze scored her second run of the game in the fourth, with Ali Downey batting her in.

Tyler and Gillespie combined for a no-hitter in the circle, with Tyler striking out three batters and Gillespie striking out 10.

“Brie and Emily dominated in the circle, and when people can’t get hits off of them, that makes it easier,” said Head Coach Susan Sharpe. “Offensively, I would have liked to see us make adjustments to the slower pitching, because we knew that’s what we were going to face, but we were walked seven times and hit by [a] pitch four [times], so we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to hit the ball. But, overall, I like games where everyone gets to play.”

Vincze notched two hits for the Lions, whie Tyler, Rosson, Chenault, Hall and Shull each had one. 

The Lions are back at home for their next game, hosting the Orange County Hornets on June 1. Action begins at 6 p.m.

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