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LCHS Lady Cougars defeat West Lincoln

Daily Leader / Jana Harp / Lawrence County Callie Fortenberry (7) makes a great catch in the outfield against West Lincoln Thursday night.

Daily Leader / Jana Harp / Lawrence County Callie Fortenberry (7) makes a great catch in the outfield against West Lincoln Thursday night.

Lawrence County defeated West Lincoln 4-0 in slowpitch softball action Thursday night at West Lincoln Attendance Center.

Defense was the key for the Lady Cougars. LCHS outfielders hauled in 13 fly ball outs.

Both Lawrence County and West Lincoln entered Thursday’s game with impressive 11-2 records, with both teams’ losses having come to two other area teams – Bogue Chitto and Brookhaven. Thus, the Lady Cougar/Lady Bear matchup appeared to be a dead even contest.

Lawrence County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Josey Nations reached second on a two-base error, moved to third on a Jordan Harp single, and scored on a Maddux Kirkland sacrifice fly.

It remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when the Lady Cougars pushed across three more runs. Josey Nations’ booming double to left-center drove home two runs, and a Jordan Harp sacrifice fly accounted for the other.

West Lincoln’s biggest threat came in the bottom of the fifth, when the Lady Bears loaded the bases with one out. That threat produced no runs, however, nor did the bottom of the seventh, when West Lincoln got back-to-back singles to start the frame. Three soft fly balls ended the game.

Meleah Howard’s Lady Cougars got two hits from right fielder Zyon Feazell. Nations, Harp, Tyranesha Davis, Sydney Pevey, Amanda Rushing, and Alyssa Lambert each had one hit. Barri Rogers pitched for Lawrence County, walking only one batter.

Pitcher Makennah Redd led West Lincoln with two hits. Jana Case, Millane Lewis, Peyton White, Layton Sills, and Morgan Newman each had one hit. Redd allowed two bases on balls in seven innings of work.