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Lady Bears blank Salem

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln's Meagan Gerald pitched a one-hit shutout against the Salem Lady Wildcats Tuesday night.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln’s Meagan Gerald pitched a one-hit shutout against the Salem Lady Wildcats Tuesday night.

The West Lincoln Lady Bears rebounded after a tough loss Monday to clobber the Salem Lady Cats 7-0 Tuesday in fastpitch softball action at West Lincoln.

“We played a complete game offensively, defensively and pitching,” said West Lincoln coach Andrew Redd. “Meagan Gerald pitched a great game for us.”

The Lady Bears (5-2) will take the rest of the week off before returning to action Tuesday when they host the Loyd Star Lady Hornets. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:15 p.m.

Lady Bears 7, Lady Wildcats 0

Meagan Gerald struck out 11 batters and gave up only two walks in a one-hit shutout.

Offensively, West Lincoln quickly jumped on the Lady Wildcats in the bottom of the first inning to claim a 1-0 lead.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln's Makennah Redd powered the Lady Bears at the plate Tuesday night against Salem.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln’s Makennah Redd powered the Lady Bears at the plate Tuesday night against Salem.

After battling through a pitchers’ duel in the second through the fifth innings, the Lady Bears exploded with a 6-0 surge to extend their lead to 7-0.

In the seventh, Salem recorded their only hit in the contest with a single by Dakota Thomas.

“I was really proud of my girls’ effort,” said Redd. “After the first inning, we struggled offensively to score more runs, but everyone kept fighting hard. We managed to get hot in the sixth inning and scored six more runs to extend our lead.”

Makennah Redd sparked the Lady Bears with a double and a single. Jana Case ripped a double. Layton Sills, Sarah Jane Doty and Gerald hit safely.

Thomas suffered the loss for Salem (4-3). She finished with three strikeouts, three walks and had one hit-batter.

“West Lincoln’s pitcher did a great job in the circle tonight,” said Salem coach Bird Martin. “Both teams played a excellent defensive contest. We just had one bad inning in the sixth inning and West Lincoln did a great capitalizing on our mistakes.”

In junior varsity action, West Lincoln and Salem finished in a 3-3 tie.

Jana Case directed the Lady Bears at the plate with two triples. Maddox Redd provided two singles. Madison McNatt had a triple. Morgan Newman and Georganna Allen hit a single each.

Ashley Tabor pitched for West Lincoln and finished with one strikeout and one walk.

Lexie Lucas and Alyssa Pollard were the top hitters for the Lady Wildcats with a double and a single each. Claire Busbin and Alyssa Wheeler hit safely.