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Lawrence County out of softball playoffs

The Lawrence County Lady Cougars ended their playoff run Saturday with two losses to Newton County, 10-5 and 4-1.

The Lady Cougars took on the Newton County Lady Cougars in round three of the MSHAA slow-pitch playoffs. Newton County took game one by a score of 10-5, and took game two by a final score of 4-1, ending Lawrence County’s season. Lawrence County ended the year with a 27-4 record.

Newton County 10, Lawrence County 5

Errors hurt Lawrence County in game one, with the Lady Cougars committing a total of five. Both teams took a scoreless game to the third inning.

Lawrence County jumped on the board first, scoring three runs. Newton County needed two innings to tie the game 3-3, scoring two runs in their half of the third, and one run in the fourth.

Newton County took the lead in the fifth, scoring two runs, only to see Lawrence County tie the game back up  5-5 in the top of the sixth. Newton County retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five more runs, to take game one by a final score of 10-5.

Ashley Holden pitched for Lawrence County in game one, giving up 10 runs, eight earned.

Maddux Kirkland hit two singles. Kaitlin Wallace, Abbie Errington, Raylee Ready and Holden each hit two singles. Ty Davis hit a single RBI. Ready also had an RBI. Julianna Johnson and Abbey Pevey each hit a double and had one RBI. Josey Nations hit a triple. Skyler Speights finished game one with an RBI.

Newton County 4, Lawrence County 1

In game two, Lawrence County continued to be plagued by errors, although not as bad as game one, committing only two in this go-round. Game two also saw the game go scoreless until the third inning.

Newton County scored their four runs in the third, all unearned. Lawrence County found themselves on the board in the fourth inning, scoring their only run of the game.

Both teams kept each other scoreless through the rest of the game. Newton County picked up game two by a final score of 4-1, ending Lawrence County’s playoff run and their season.

Holden pitched game two as well for Lawrence County, giving up four runs, none earned.

Davis, Kirkland, Pevey, Wallace and Johnson each hit a single for Lawrence County. Speights had Lawrence County’s only RBI of the game.