The Louisa Lions’ softball team hosted the Orange County Hornets on June 1, coming up short 4-2.
The Hornets got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Lions found their answer in the fifth inning. Brady Shifflett got on base after getting hit by a pitch, then reached second on a sacrifice bunt from Brooke Vincze. Olivia Chenault hit a single to move Shifflett to third, then Dara Sharpe plated both runners with an RBI single, tying the game 2-2.
Orange put up two more runs in the seventh, and this time the Lions couldn’t come up with an answer.
“It was pretty much the same as when we played them [at Orange],” said Coach Susan Sharpe. “We just didn’t make adjustments at the plate soon enough. It seemed like we were trying to do too much at the plate. We just needed to string together some singles; we didn’t need a home run, and it felt like they were trying to take it all on themselves.”
The Lions totaled four hits on offense. Dara Sharpe had two and Chenault and Savannah Bragg each had one.
The Lions had better luck when they traveled to Albemarle on May 27, scoring a 21-1 victory over the Patriots.
Louisa got things moving early in the game, putting up six runs in the first inning.Emily Hall knocked out a three-run RBI triple, plating Bragg, Sharpe and Jerri Shull to get the Lions on the scoreboard. Haley Rosson, Vincze and Shifflett all crossed the plate before the inning was over.
The Lions kept their offensive momentum going in the second inning. Shull scored on an error, then Emily Gillespie batted in Hall and Rosson with a triple, extending Louisa’s lead to 9-0. Shifflett, Bragg, Sharpe, Shull and Chenault also scored for Louisa, making the score 14-0 at the end of the inning.
Albemarle scored their lone run in the bottom of the third, and the Lions continued to add to their score in the top of the fourth. Maddox Pleasants was hit by a pitch, then stole second before getting batted in on a triple from Hall. Gillespie got Hall in, then Vincze scored, boosting the Lions to 17-1. Pleasants, Hall, Gillespie and Ali Downey each crossed the plate in the fifth for a final score of 21-1.
“This was a complete team effort,” said Coach Sharpe. “The team made good adjustments at the plate, and it was another outing where everyone got a chance to play. It’s a good feeling going into games knowing I have 15 quality players on my roster.”
Hall led the offense with four hits, followed by Chenault with three. Vincze added two and Bragg, Downey, Gillespie, Pleasants, Shifflett and Shull each added one. Gillespie pitched all five innings for the Lions, striking out 13 batters, walking one and giving up two hits.
The Lions traveled to Charlottesville on June 2 to take on the Black Knights. Results were unavailable at press time. They head to Monticello on June 3, then host the Western Albemarle Warriors on June 8. Both games begin at 6 p.m.