The Louisa Lions softball team closed out their season with a home win, defeating the Fluvanna Flucos 3-0 on June 10.

Following a scoreless first inning, Brie Tyler hit a triple to get into scoring position, crossing the plate on a RBI single from Haley Rosson. Rosson was then batted in by Olivia Chenault to put the Lions up 2-0. 

Fluvanna’s pitcher began throwing her changeup a bit more, which threw the Lions’ offense off for a bit, but they got back into it in the sixth. Emily Hall connected for a triple, and Tyler got her home to extend Louisa’s lead.

“It took us about an inning to adjust to the changeup,” said Head Coach Susan Sharpe. “They were seeing it and reloading, but weren’t waiting long enough. But in the sixth inning, they started waiting a little longer on it.”

Tyler led the offense with two hits, while Hall, Rosson, Jerri Lynn Shull and Dara Sharpe each had one. Tyler pitched all seven innings for the Lions, striking out nine batters and giving up four hits.

The win marked the end of the road for the Lions’ abbreviated season.

“They’re a fun group to be around and to coach,” Coach Sharpe said. “I hate to see it end. I hate to see them have such a successful season and to have it end.

“We did something that hasn’t been done here for a while, and it's just that we’ve been very consistent,” she added. “People knew they were going to have to play hard if they wanted to beat us. Hopefully it’s the reviving of something special that we’ve had here before.”

Lions close their season with a 10-2 record.

Baseball

The Lions’ baseball team ended their 2021 season on June 10 with a heartbreaker against Fluvanna, falling 11-5 at home.

The Flucos got on the board with a trio of runs in the second inning, then added another in the top of the third to go up 4-0. The Lions got their offense moving in the bottom of the inning with Lucas Cash and Sean Karney each crossing the plate, cutting the Flucos’ lead to 4-2.

Fluvanna put up another run in the fourth and added three more in the fifth before the Lions scored again, with Cash getting batted in by Jacob Barber. Karney notched a two-run RBI double in the sixth, plating Cash and Codey Batten to pull the Lions to 8-5. Fluvanna picked up three more runs in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 11-5.

The Lions had four errors throughout the game, which Coach Kevin Fisher said played a role in the loss.

“We can’t play a clean game against Fluvanna for some reason,” he said. “When you have that many errors, it’s not going to be a good result in the win-loss column.”

Karney had two hits for the night, followed by Barber, Cash and Christian Lam with one hit each.

The Lions end their season with a 7-5 record.

“I’m proud of how we did this season, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to play,” Fisher said. “That’s the most important thing.”

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