Meridian Star


March 18, 2014

Russell trounces Kingwood

RUSSELL —     Behind 11 strikeouts in six strong innings from Payton Lippert, Russell Christian Academy cruised past Kingwood Christian High School,12-2, Monday in the Warriors' home opener.  

    "We've lost a couple of heartbreakers lately,"  Russell Christian coach Larry Lippert said. "We needed a big win."

    And the Lady Warriors (4-6) certainly got it as they scored two runs in the first, second, third and fifth innings, and added four more in the fourth.

    In the first, Hayden Myers walked and Lippert reached on a fielding error to give the RCA their scoring opportunity. Myers came home following a wild pitch and Lippert later scored on Ashlynn Carlson's sacrifice fly.

    Lippert singled to open the second, and Blair Robinson reached on an infield single two batters later. Both players scored on Maddie Tew's sharp single to right.

    In the fourth, the Lady Warriors loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. Blair Robinson's single to right scored one to give Russell a 7-0 advantage, and Tori Cooke followed with a three-run double to left.

    "We scored a lot of runs," Lippert said. "We swung the bats. Swung the bats well. We needed a big win." "We needed a win like that,"

    In the fifth, with facing the possibility of being run-ruled, the Lady Lions mounted their only rally of the night. A single from Jaycee Willoughby and a hit batsman from Kaylee Sides gave Kingwood the scoring opportunity. Cortney Kendrick then delivered with a double to right-center that scored both runners to cut the deficit, 10-2.

    Lippert wiggled out of the jam by getting the next two batters to strikeout and groundout.

    The Warriors responded by scoring a pair of runs in the six, aided by two costly Kingwood errors. Lippert reached base on a walk and promptly stole second. She was able to come around to score on catcher's Abby Moncrief errant throw, which sailed into right-center.   Two batters later, Blair Robinson singled to left. Cooke then grounded to third, but another throwing error by the Lady Lions allowed for pinch runner Bailey Labrenz to score from first.  

    Lippert (4-6) allowed just four hits in earning the win.

    "Pitching is something that I love," she said. "I love to get out there and play. With me and my catcher (name) it's easy just to have fun and focus on me and her and not focus on the batter, but just focusing on the pitch."

    Said Larry Lippert: "The rise was working real well for her today. When it was over the plate, it was a strikeout."

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