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Lady Cougars blanked Mendenhall

DAILY LEADER / Jana Harp / Lawrence County's softball players huddles around first base to receive some instruction from their coach Meleah Howard Thursday at Mendenhall.

DAILY LEADER / Jana Harp / Lawrence County’s softball players huddles around first base to receive some instruction from their coach Meleah Howard Thursday at Mendenhall.

MENDENHALL-Lawrence County hammered Mendenhall 12-0 Thursday in high school slowpitch softball action at the Mendenhall City Sportsplex. Lawrence County banged out 11 hits in the five-inning game, and benefited from a plethora of Mendenhall fielding miscues.

With the win, Meleah Howard’s Lady Cougars improved to 8-1 on the season. LCHS is 1-0 in division play, and will host South Pike in division action Tuesday.

“We had a good day,” said Howard. “Our JV kids went out and set the tone, and our varsity team followed that with a solid game. We didn’t have our very best hitting night, but we played well defensively.”

In the top of the first, the Lady Cougars grabbed a lead they would never relinquish, putting up five runs. Maddux Kirkland, Barri Rogers, and Sydney Pevey had hits in the inning, a frame fueled by four Mendenhall errors.

After going scoreless in the second and third, Lawrence County scored 6 in the top of the fourth. Alyssa Lambert, Callie Fortenberry, Josey Nations, Maddux Kirkland, Jordan Harp, and Amanda Rushing had hits. Two more Lady Tiger miscues contributed to Mendenhall’s demise.

In the fifth, Fortenberry led off with her second single, and scored on a Josey Nations sacrifice fly.

Barri Rogers pitched the full five innings for Lawrence County, allowing just two singles as she got excellent defensive support. No Mendenhall player got past first base.

Lawrence County rolled in junior varsity play as well, winning 10-0 in four innings.