Lady Bears cruise past St. Joe
The West Lincoln Lady Bears clobbered the Madison St. Joseph Lady Bruins twice to sweep the first round of the best of three series in Class 2A state softball playoff action.
In Thursday’s contest in Madison, the Lady Bears blanked the Lady Bruins 16-0. In an early Saturday morning contest, West Lincoln dominated St. Joe to clinch a 15-3 win. Both games were a four-inning contest.
The Lady Bears (15-8), coached by Andrew Redd, will host the second round of the state playoffs Monday against the Lake Lady Hornets for game one, starting at 5 p.m. Games two and three, if needed, will be at Lake Tuesday.
West Lincoln 16, St. Joe 0
In game one, the Lady Bears quickly dominated the Lady Bruins in a four-inning contest. West Lincoln scored three runs in the first inning, six runs in the second inning, one run in the third inning and finished off the Lady Bruins in the fourth inning with another six run blast to collect the win.
Micah Redd was the winning pitcher for West Lincoln as she pitched a no-hitter with one strikeout and no walks.
J.K. Newell suffered the lost for St. Joe with no strikeouts and two walks.
Brianna Fauver and Makennah Redd powered West Lincoln’s offensive onslaught with a double and two singles each. Anna Brooke Davis continued to fuel the flames with two doubles. Millane Lewis contributed three singles. Micah Redd provided two singles. Malori Hall ripped a double and a single. Peyton White had a triple and a single, and Layton Sills doubled.
West Lincoln 15, St. Joe 3
In game two, the Lady Bears continued their offensive onslaught on the Lady Bruins Saturday as West Lincoln took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first inning.
The Lady Bears blasted the Lady Bruins again with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning and ended the contest in the fourth inning by scoring two more runs.
St. Joe managed to break up the scoreless drought against West Lincoln in the top of the fourth inning as they scored three runs.
Malori Hall was the winning hurdler in game two for the Lady Bears with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Newell suffered the lost again for the Lady Bruins with no strikeouts, no walks and two hit batters.
Addie Spring directed the Lady Bears’ offense with two doubles and two singles. Millane Lewis provided a triple and a double. Fauver contributed three singles. Layton Sills and Malori Hall had a triple each. Anna Brooke Davis and Hanna Moak hit a double apiece. Micah Redd hit a single.
Newell recorded the only hit for St. Joe in the series with a single.