Softball scores trio of wins

Haley Rosson safely crosses home plate during the Lions’ home game against Western Albemarle, while teammate Olivia Chenault looks on.

 

The Louisa Lions’ softball team picked up a home win over Western Albemarle and defeated Monticello and Charlottesville on the road to bring their season record to 9-2.

The Lions defeated the Western Albemarle Warriors 17-0 on June 8. Savannah Bragg scored in the first inning to get the Lions on the scoreboard, then they got things moving in the second inning, putting up 11 runs.

Bragg, Dara Sharpe and Brooke Vincze each scored twice, while Emily Hall, Brady Shifflett, Brie Tyler, and Haley Rosson each scored once. Chenault and Jerri Shull each had a two-run RBI during the Lions’ surge.

The Lions kept the momentum going in the third, with Vincze and Chenault each scoring again. Emily Gillespie and Lilly Jordan also put up runs for the Lions in the fourth, and Gillespie scored again in the fifth to round out the scoring.

“They did a good job hitting strikes,” said Head Coach Susan Sharpe. “They didn’t have as many opportunities to hit because there were a lot of walks and a few hit-by-pitches as well, but they were swinging well at good pitches, so that’s a step in the right direction.”

Chenault led the Lions with three hits, while Bragg, Gillespie, Jordan, Rosson, Shull and Vincze each had one. Tyler and Gillespie both put in time in the circle, striking out a combined 10 batters.

The Lions traveled to Monticello on June 7, bringing home a 2-0 victory over the Mustangs. Tyler got things going in the fourth inning with a solo home run to get the Lions on the board.

“Off the bat we knew it was going over [the fence], and we were just waiting to see how far it went,” Sharpe said. 

The Lions extended their lead in the fifth inning, with Brady Shifflett scoring on a RBI from Dara Sharpe. Sharpe led the offense with two hits, while Tyler, Shifflett, Hall and Shull each added one.

Tyler pitched all seven innings for the Lions, striking out 12 batters and giving up three hits. 

“She definitely commanded the field,” Coach Sharpe said. “Her pitches were moving and she was lights-out in the circle.”

On June 2, the Lions traveled to Charlottesville, dominating the game against the Black Knights with a 29-0 win.

The Lions set the tone for the game in the first inning, scoring seven runs. Shifflett, Bragg, Hall, Rosson, Vincze, Chenault and Maddox Pleasants each scored for the Lions in the inning. They kept the momentum going in the second. Vincze batted in Rosson, then Chenault notched a two-run RBI, plating Vincze and Pleasants to put the Lions up 10-0.

Things exploded for Louisa in the third, with the Lions putting up 13 runs. Hall got things started with a three-run homer, plating Sharpe and Shull. Hall, along with Tyler and Jordan would score twice in the inning, with Pleasants, Chenault, Aly Downey, Emily Gillespie and Lydia Gillespie all scoring once.

Downey, Hall, Shull and Tyler each crossed the plate in the fourth, with Tyler notching a two-run homer. Chenault and Downey crossed the plate in the fifth to round out the scoring.

The Lions totaled 21 hits throughout the night. Hall led the Lions with four, followed by Pleasants, Chenault and Shull with three each. Emily Gillespie added two and Shifflett, Sharpe, Rosson, Downey, Tyler and Lydia Gillespie each had one.

Pleasants handled pitching duties for the night, striking out seven batters and giving up one hit.

“She hasn’t pitched a game in over a year, but she’s been throwing in practice and deserved an opportunity,” Coach Sharpe said. “She has a different style than Brie and Emily [Gillespie] but she keeps the ball low and causes lots of ground balls and pop-ups.”

The Lions close out their regular season on June 10, hosting the Fluvanna Flucos. Action begins at 6 p.m.

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