Unbeaten LMS silences Lady Generals

Friday, March 15, 2013
LMS catcher Sydne Solomon (9) rounds third base and gets some congratulations from head coach Lee Perryman after Solomon drilled a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The LMS Tigerettes remained undefeated on the season after squeezing out a 3-2 win over Spring Hill at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg Tuesday night.

"There is no doubt that tougher games make our team better," said LMS head coach Lee Perryman. "The difference between us winning by one and us winning by 15 a few weeks ago is errors. Spring Hill was defensively flawless, where we were not."

Sydne Solomon has been on fire for LMS this year at the plate and she continued her hot streak against the Lady Generals, going 3-3 with the big blow coming on a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Powerful bat

"Sydne's bat has been a difference in multiple games this year," said Perryman. "She is an extremely powerful player, both offensively and defensively."

Halle Chapman picked up another win in the circle for the Tigerettes, hurling four innings before Leah Hollingsworth came in to finish the game and earn a save.

Chapman worked her way out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the second inning when Taylor Walls snagged a line drive to end the threat.

Blair Richards (4) went 2-4 in the Tigerettes' 3-2 win over Spring Hill Tuesday in Lewisburg, including an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning that opened the scoring.

In the home half of the inning, Hollingsworth banged a two-out base hit to right field and stole second base before Blair Richards drove her home with an RBI base knock up the gut.

Going ahead

"Scoring that first run is always a weight off our shoulders," said Perryman. "I was very proud of Blair for coming through in the clutch."

The Lady Generals tied the game up in the top of the fourth, beginning with a leadoff single by Sarah Usher, followed by an RBI double from Mandy Bennett.

Chapman worker her way out of the jam, retiring three out of the next four Spring Hill batters.

"Halle threw a good game, but they were ready for her, some days teams just have your number and I feel like that was the case yesterday," said Perryman.

Solomon drilled a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning and stole second before Skylar Brandon's RBI single to center made it a 2-1 contest.

Leah Hollingsworth (2) came to the circle in the fifth inning to preserve the win for starter Halle Chapman.

Relief help

Hollingsworth came to the circle to begin the fifth inning and allowed a leadoff walk to Gracyn Martin, but Hollingsworth settled in to retire the next three batters in order to end the inning.

"Leah did a great job on the mound," said Perryman. "This was her first appearance because she is such a huge factor in my defense at shortstop."

Lewisburg did not score in the home half of the frame, and in the top of the fifth, Hollingsworth mowed down Spring Hill, striking out the side in order, including a beautiful inning-ending whiff on a leg-breaking change-up.

Solomon came to the dish to lead off the bottom of the fifth and took the first pitch over the center field fence for a home run, making it a 3-1 game.

Comeback cut

LMS needed the run because Spring Hill came back, beginning with a leadoff base hit by Jordan Brady in the top of the seventh.

A bunt single by Mallie McGinnis made it first and second with no outs and Martin followed with a base on balls to load the sacks full of Lady Generals.

Hollingsworth came back with a huge strikeout for the first out before Taylor Price drove home Brady with an RBI fielder's choice, making it 3-2.

Usher came to the dish and hit a soft liner that was snagged by Autumn Kelley at shortstop to end the game and keep the Tigerettes unblemished on the season at 5-0.