LMS Tigerettes shut out E.A. Cox
On Monday, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (6-1) reeled off their fourth straight win when they defeated the E.A. Cox Lady Cougars 3-0 at home behind a strong pitching performance from starting hurler Brooklin Conger.
E.A. Cox (4-5) battled LMS to a 0-0 tie through the first five innings of play, but the Tigerettes scratched out three runs in the bottom of the sixth with the help of two defensive miscues by the Lady Cougars to take a 3-0 lead en route to claiming their sixth win of the season.
Conger kept E.A. Cox's offense under wraps and limited the Lady Cougars to just four hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings of work while piling up eight strikeouts. The Tigerettes also backed Conger with some solid defense, as they committed no errors and turned a double play in the top of the fourth inning.
"Brooklin pitched really well. "Halle Chapman had a sore shoulder and couldn't pitch today, but Brooklin came in and did a good job for us," said Lewisburg coach Lee Perryman.
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, had trouble solving Lady Cougar starting pitcher Layla Bennett and mustered only five hits in the contest.
First baseman Taylor Walls accounted for more than half of LMS' hits by going 3-for-3 with a stolen base, 1 RBI and a run scored. Hannah Sheppard (1 RBI) and Lexi Cashion each tallied one hit for Lewisburg as well.
Alise Maynard, Bennett, Kara Estes, and Emma Grizzard notched one hit apiece for E.A. Cox.
Neither team mounted a scoring threat until the bottom of the fourth inning when LMS put runners on first and second with no outs thanks to singles from Cashion and Walls. The Tigerettes ended up coming away empty handed, as Bennett retired the next three Lewisburg batters on a strikeout, a fielder's choice, and a fly out to escape the jam.
The Lady Cougars then had a chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth after Nastacia Easterling drew a walk and Maynard singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Conger, however, bore down and sat down the next three E.A. Cox batters on a strikeout, a fly out, and a groundout to snuff out the threat.
Hit has effect
That missed opportunity would quickly come back to haunt the Lady Cougars, as the Tigerettes pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. After Leah Hollingsworth reached base on an error and stole second, Walls lined a one-out RBI single into centerfield to give LMS a 1-0 advantage.
"Taylor hit the ball well. I knew she would make contact in that situation and at least move the runner up," said Perryman.
Walls then advanced to third when Estes dropped a fly ball by Sydne Solomon in shallow left field while Solomon reached second on the play. Following a RBI groundout by Conger, Alli Hobbs was hit by a pitch before Solomon raced home on a RBI infield single by Sheppard.
Conger then worked around a two-out single by Grizzard in the top of the seventh inning to close out the victory for Lewisburg.