Meridian Star

March 22, 2014

West takes down Meridian

By Reed DeSalvo / The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star

COLLINSVILLE —     A day after the West Lauderdale High School softball team scored 23 runs against Caledonia High School, the Lady Knights continued their hot hitting and powered past Meridian High School, 16-1, Friday.

    WLHS scored 12 first inning runs, including a two-run home run by Alexa Hogan. West pounded out 10 hits in the inning, including four extra-base hits and sent 15 batters to the plate.

    The Lady Knights (5-4) added a single run in the second and tacked on three more in the fourth before the game ended due to the 15-after-three run rule.  

    "We came out and hit some balls hard," West Lauderdale coach Cary Luke said. "We did a good job of staying on balls and hitting balls in the game. We kind of carried over last night's momentum into tonight, so that was good to see."

    Breanna Sharp (2-1) allowed just four hits and struck out two batters in earning the win.

    "She throws strikes," Luke said. "She locates. She's not overpowering out there, but she keeps the ball down and makes you put it in play. She changes speed and has a little bit of movement. She throws to spots and gives us a chance to play defense."

    Meridian (3-7) was without three of its starters as they were attending the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball games in support of MHS star basketball player, Kayla Gordon.

    "We didn't play too bad," Meridian coach Ray Cook said. "We made a couple of errors, but they hit the ball really well."

    The Lady Wildcats scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Amber Carter tripled to deep right-center and scored Zy'keyah Horn's RBI single.

    The lone run did little to faze the hot-swinging bats of West Lauderdale. Mallory Vance singled to start the frame and promptly stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Vance crossed home on Mallory Thompson's RBI single. A walk to Hogan pushed Thompson into scoring position and she later scored on Abbe Bates' single. Following a groundout, the next nine WLHS batters would reach base safely, highlighted by Hogan's two-run home run.

    Hogan reached base safely twice, scored two runs, in addition to nabbing a runner at second base attempting to steal.

    "Coach Luke always tells me to stay back and not lunge," Hogan said. On that pitch, I actually did it. I could tell the difference."

    In the second, the Lady Knights put two runners on-base with consecutive walks. Taylor Agnew grounded into a fielder's choice and Mallory Wooldridge loaded the bases following a fielding error. Cayley Nance trotted home on an Thompson's RBI groundout.

    In the fourth, West loaded the bases on a single, hit batsman and a walk. Wooldridge scampered home on a wild pitch and Thompson smacked a triple to the left-center gap that cleared the bases to give WLHS a 16-1 victory.

    For Meridian, Carter and Horn each finished with two hits. The Lady Wildcats travel to Tupelo Saturday for a tournament. West Lauderdale hosts Leake Central High School Tuesday.

    "We have to just keep practicing," Cook said. "We have to keep focusing on the little things."