Northwest High School Bruins

August 14, 2013

Hits keep coming in Lady Lions’ blowout

Christian Heritage School softball coach Mike Leonard knows his team’s youth will lead to some mistakes this season.

But there weren’t many for the Lady Lions on Tuesday.

Christian Heritage only needed four innings to defeat North Cobb Christian 15-2 in a mercy rule-shortened game at Heritage Point Park in Dalton.

After a scoreless first, Christian Heritage (3-3) scored eight runs in the second. Five consecutive hits to start the inning — scoring three runs — were followed by a pair of RBI doubles by Hannah Heath and Ashlyn Clements. Christian Heritage finished with 14 hits, nine of them doubles.

“We were hitting well,” said Leonard, who used five freshmen in Tuesday’s starting lineup. “We’ve been working hard in the batting cages.”

Also in the inning, Julia McDonald’s sacrifice bunt resulted in two throwing errors by the Lady Eagles. The two Christian Heritage baserunners already on scored, and so did McDonald. North Cobb Christian (1-5) finished the game with three errors and numerous defensive lapses.

“We haven’t had a lot of opportunity for coaching yet,” Lady Eagles coach Josh Speck said. “I’m optimistic by the end of the season that we’ll have everything together, be hitting our cutoffs, playing good defense and making good throws.”

Both of North Cobb Christian’s runs were scored in the third inning. Freshman pitcher Erin Leonard, coach Leonard’s daughter, allowed three hits and struck out six batters in her three innings of work. Heath pitched the final inning, walking two but striking out the side.

The Lady Lions made one error, an improvement from this past weekend, when the team played at Harlem High School’s tournament in Augusta and finished 2-3.

“We played this weekend and we knew we were in every game,” Leonard said. “We lost 6-2 and 6-3. ... We’ve been able to compete in every game we’ve played. We’re going to have some games where we make some mistakes, and that happened in the one loss that was big. Tonight, when we got the lead, we made sure to tell the girls to get the out and not worry about checking the baserunners. We made a couple fielding mistakes, and that’s going to happen, but the mental mistakes weren’t there.”

In the third inning, Halle Poteet, Megan McKinney and McDonald each had an RBI double, and Hailey Jones followed with an RBI single.

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