Lady Hornets rally past WL girls

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Loyd Star Lady Hornets overcame eight errors and rallied to defeat the West Lincoln Lady Bears 11-8 Monday night in softball action at West Lincoln.

“Glad to get the win,” said Loyd Star coach Jan Delaughter. “I am proud of my girls. They managed to keep their composure and overcame their errors with big hits to get the win.”

The Lady Hornets (5-5) begin Region 7-2A action Thursday. They visit Foxworth to battle the East Marion Lady Eagles. Junior varsity begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6.

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The Lady Bears (3-4) return to action Friday. They face their Lincoln County rival, the Enterprise Lady Yellow Jackets. Junior varsity begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6.

Loyd Star 13, WL 10

West Lincoln and Loyd Star softball fans gathered on a windy night and witnessed a tough, physical bout.

In the first inning, the Lady Hornets quickly jumped out and grabbed a 4-0 lead.

In second and third innings, the Lady Bears fought back to trim Loyd Star’s lead with a pair of runs, 4-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, West Lincoln exploded with six runs to claim an 8-4 lead.

In the top of the fifth and sixth innings, Loyd Star battled back into the contest and regained the lead at 11-8.

West Lincoln committed five errors against Loyd Star.

Kelsie McCullough was the winning pitcher for the Lady Hornets with no strikeouts and one walk. Micah Redd absorbed the setback for the Lady Bears with four strikeouts and three walks. Malori Hall (2K, 2BB) pitched some relief in the middle innings.

Hannah Smith directed the Lady Hornets at the plate with two doubles and a single. Julie Smith contributed three singles. Ali Gartman provided two singles. Hitting safely were Lexie Butler and Lauren Norton.

Layton Sills and Malori Hall were the offensive leaders for the Lady Bears with two singles apiece. Brianna Fauver, Bentley Sills, Hanna Moak and Peyton White hit safely.

“We hit the ball really well and scored runs against a good team,” said West Lincoln coach Andrew Redd. “We just didn’t play real well defensively. We have got to do a better job on defense. It is tough to win, committing five errors in a game.”

In JV action, the Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Bears 7-2.

Reagan Smith led Loyd Star with a double and a single. Abigail Thornton ripped a triple. Kaylea Smith and Megan Norton hit a single.

Hanna Moak paced West Lincoln’s offense with a triple. Ashley Thomas hit a single.