With winter weather not letting go of its grip this spring, the Lewis County Maids softball team has spent hours upon hours honing their skills in the gym.
On the occasion they can get out on the field for a game, they have showcased what all of their hard work and dedication can do.
On Thursday, April 5, LC hosted Grafton for an official conference game. LC’s bats came alive in the second inning. Paije Bragg started the inning off with a double, followed up by a Morgan Riffle walk. Kaelye Crook then knocked Bragg home with an RBI single. Maddie Turner then singled to left field, scoring Riffle.
Tiffany Curtis followed up with a fielder’s choice and Payton Campbell then walked to load the bases. Emma Cayton then stepped up to the plate and blasted the ball over the center field fence for a grand slam for the first home run of her young career. LC’s scoring drive ended with the homerun, bringing the score to 6-0.
The Maids added more to their lead in the third inning. Zoey Henline started the inning with a single, moved to third on a double by Riffle, and then crossed the plate on a wild pitch at home.
With LC up 7-0 going into the sixth inning, Cayton’s bat came alive again and started the inning off with a double. Bella Posey moved Cayton to third with a single, and Bragg then lofted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Cayton and ending the game by a run rule, with an 8-0 score.
LC’s defense was stellar once again. With another solid performance by Alexis Hudson on the mound and an “all out to get an out” attitude by the defenders in the filed, highlighted by a diving catch by Turner in right field, the team held Grafton to only three hits for LC’s fourth shutout of the season.
Hudson pitched all six innings with 22BF, 6K, 2BB and 3H. Cayton led the team form the plate, going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI’s and scoring twice.
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Campbell ss 2100, Cayton 2b 4224, Posey c 4020, Bragg lf 3111, Henline 1b 2110, Riffle 3b 2110, Crook dp 3121, Turner rf 3011, Curtis cf 2100, Hudson p/flx 0000
On Friday, April 6th, the team traveled to Braxton County. LC got on the board in the top of the 2nd with Henline getting on by error, Riffle walking and then Turner hitting a single to load the bases.
Henline and Riffle would then both cross the plate on wild pitches at home, giving the Maids a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Posey singled and scored on an RBI double by Bragg. Crook then got on when hit by a pitch, and Riffle then doubled, scoring Bragg. Turner then finished out the scoring drive with a double to score Crook and Riffle, building their lead to 6-0.
LC got their hot bats out again the fifth inning. Henline singled, Riffle got on by error and Turner singled to load the bases. Hudson then blasted a long single off of the center field fence, scoring Henline and Riffle.
Campbell then doubled, scoring Turner, and then crossed the plate herself on a single by Cayton. Posey then pushed Cayton across the plate with an RBI double, bringing the score to 11-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Braxton was awarded one unearned run due to an obstruction call at third base, but was not enough to keep the game from ending by run rule with an 11-1 score. With this win, LC now has an 8-0 overall record with a 3-0 conference record.
Hudson earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings with 24BF, 6K, 3BB and 5H. Posey and Turner led the team at the plate, going for a combined six for six with 3RBI’s and scoring two runs.
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Campbell ss 3111, Cayton 2b 4111, Posey c 3131, Bragg lf 4111, Crook dp 2100, Henline 1b 3210, Riffle 3b 2311, Turner rf 3132, Hudson p 3012, Curtis cf/flx 0000