LMS tramples Whitthorne

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Lewisburg shortstop Savannah Wooten throws out a Whitthorne base runner at first in the top of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After losing to Summertown 4-0 in their season opener on Saturday, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes handed new coach Beau Hardison his first win on Monday night when they crushed Whitthorne Middle School 14-1 at home in six innings.

The Tigerettes (1-1) saw their bats stay hot in the chilly conditions and pounded out 17 hits against two Whitthorne pitchers.

Back on field

"We came out and hit the ball better tonight," said Hardison. "We missed a week and a half of school so we haven't had many chances to get on the field. It was nice to just get out on the field and play a game today."

Taylor Poteete (2 RBI) and Savannah Wooten spearheaded Lewisburg's offensive onslaught by tallying three hits apiece and combining to score five runs.

Marlee Woodward (3 RBI), Mackenzie Walls (1 RBI), Hannah Davis, and Annie Hawkins all tallied two hits for the Tigerettes as well, while starting pitcher Brooklin Conger (2 RBI), McKinley Richardson (1 RBI), and Lexi Cashion each had one hit.

Conger also tossed four shutout innings to earn her first win of the season and allowed just two hits during that span to go along with five strikeouts.

Mound master

"Brooklin pitched real well. She got a lot of work in the offseason and has worked really hard. She hit her spots tonight and her change up was working really well," said Hardison.

Allie Adams came on in relief of Conger and yielded one run on one walk in two innings of work while registering three strikeouts.

The Tigerettes pounced on Whitthorne early and crossed home plate four times in the bottom of the first inning on the strength of a two-run single by Conger, a Poteete RBI single, and a RBI double by Walls to take a 4-0 lead.

WMS had a chance to cut into the deficit in the top of the second after putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Conger bore down and struck out the next Whitthorne batter to snuff out the threat.

Rolling on

Lewisburg's Hannah Davis slides safely into home plate while scoring on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning.

In the bottom of the second, Lewisburg plated two unearned runs to open up a 6-0 advantage. After Davis singled and stole second, Cashion was hit by a pitch before both runners moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch. Davis and Cashion then came home when WMS' third baseman dropped a two-out infield popup by Poteete.

Things went from bad to worse for Whitthorne in the third inning, as the Tigerettes crossed home plate six more times in the frame behind a triple by Walls, a Naomi Hopper RBI sacrifice bunt, a single by Hooten, a Davis single, an error, a walk by Conger, a passed ball, a Poteete RBI single, and a two-run single by Woodward to stretch their lead to 12-0.

WMS pushed across a run in the top of the fifth with the help of a walk and two wild pitches to trim the deficit to 12-1, but Lewisburg tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Poteete triple, a Richardson RBI double, and a Woodward RBI bloop single to cap their mercy rule shortened victory.