September 6, 2013

Prep roundup: Lady Lions continue to impress on volleyball court



North Murray 5, Cartersville 4: The Lady Mountaineers (4-8, 3-3 Region 5-3A) must like playing softball during the school year a lot more than during summer vacation.

With the game tied 4-4, Megan Pittman led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single, then moved to second on a passed ball. Samantha Stafford’s bunt down the third-base line resulted in an out at first, but Pittman was running on the pitch and scored from second to win the game.

This was the first week of school for Murray County schools, and North Murray won all three of its games after winning just once previously.

“It’s starting to come together and we’re starting to believe,” Lady Mountaineers coach Steve Granger said.

Pittman also had a two-run home run, while Baylee Sutton had a solo homer along with a double and was the winning pitcher. She worked the final three innings, allowing two runs off two hits and two walks.

Kara Deal started and pitched the first four innings, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out four.

Murray County 15, Coosa 0: Whitney Gribble pitched a no-hitter, allowing two walks and striking out three, and the Lady Indians (10-4, 4-1 Region 7-2A) — who tallied 15 hits — won at home via mercy rule in three innings.

Murray County tallied 15 hits and was led at the plate by Lindsey Dunn, who finished 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs. Shea Pendley finished 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, Gribble went 2-for-2 with one RBI and Cassidy Callahan went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

“They finally all hit together,” Lady Indians coach Sandra Johnston said. “I always said if they started hitting together, they’d be OK.”

Northwest Whitfield 8, Ridgeland 0: BriLeigh Baggett pitched all seven innings for the Lady Bruins (11-0, 4-0 Sub-region 7B-4A), striking out nine and allowing two hits and two walks in the road win.

“It didn’t seem like we were hitting that great early,” Northwest coach Jason Brooker said. “We only had two runs until the fifth.”

Macy Weeks finished 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double, while Bayli Cruse went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double, Gabbi Helton finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, Alyssa Ward went 2-for-3 with two steals and Mallory Souther was 2-for-4.

LaFayette 6, Southeast 3: Madison Pearson finished 2-for-4 for the Lady Raiders (4-9, 1-3 Sub-region 7B-4A), while Sydney Covington had an RBI and Alexis Defore went 2-for-3 in the loss at home.

Gordon Lee 8, Christian Heritage 0: Ashlyn Clements had the lone hit for the Lady Lions (5-11, 0-4 Sub-region 6A-A), but Christian Heritage coach Mike Leonard said despite the score, his team played well.

Heritage-Catoosa 10, Dalton 0: The Lady Cats (2-9, 0-4 Sub-region 7B-4A), had two hits in the game, loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning but couldn’t produce.

Dalton only made three errors, and coach Stacy Parker said the defensive play was an improvement from recent games.

“I told our team we will need to take baby steps, and we took one tonight,” Parker said.

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