By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Monday night’s win over Bell County was nothing short of a total team effort for Southwestern, as three different Lady Warrior players combined to pitch a no-hitter and eight players had at least one hit at the plate.
With the strong offensive and defensive performance, the Lady Warriors were able to cruise to a five-inning, 14-1 victory over visiting Bell County Monday evening at the War Path.
Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman, Madison Cook, and Gillian Gibson, all made an appearance on the mound for the Lady Warriors. The trio of pitchers did a superb job, as they all allowed zero hits combined in the 13-run victory over the Lady Cats of Bell County.
Long-time Lady Warrior coach Jim Woodall was thrilled with the pitching performances of the three young ladies. Woodall was also glad that Fourman could get some rest, as she’ll have a busy week ahead of her on the hill.
“It was a good game, especially for our young pitchers - they got to come in and pitch in a varsity game,” Woodall began. “Madison Cook and Gillian Gibson were both able to get some varsity experience and allow Dozer to get some rest. Our next four out of five games are district games, so it’s a tough road ahead for us.”
Fourman, who earned the victory, pitched the first three innings for the Lady Warriors. In her three-inning performance, the junior had five strikeouts.
In those first three innings of softball action, Southwestern jumped out to a 10-0 advantage over Bell County in part to nine hits. The Lady Warriors plated five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to grab a 14-0 lead.
Cook pitched the fourth inning for Southwestern, while Gibson would come in to relieve her in the fifth. The Lady Cats would get their lone run in the fifth inning after a run was walked in to make the score, 14-1.
Sophomore sensation Destiny Molden finished just one hit short of the cycle, as she had a single, a double, and a triple. The only thing missing from the sophomore’s night was a home run. Molden also tied for a game-high four RBI’s.
Fourman would deliver with a homer in the fourth inning, as she hit a grand slam to give Southwestern a 14-run lead. With the grand slam over the right field fence, the junior gathered four RBI’s.
Junior Allie Venable also had a nice game for Southwestern, as she had two hits, a pair of RBI’s, and scored three runs in the Lady Warriors’ 13-run win. Sarah Smith, Shantelle Woodall, Hope Bruner, Burchett, and Gibson, all chimed in with a hit in the contest.
Even though they had a big night at the dish, one thing that the Lady Warriors must work on is something that has affected them all season long - base running.
“We’re going to have to play better, especially on the base paths,” explained Woodall. “We’ve got to improve at base running - it’s been our Achilles heel all year. We had been doing a lot better, but then we got picked off twice tonight. We can’t be doing that in these crucial district games.”
Southwestern, who upped their overall record to 13-4 with the victory over Bell County, was back in action last night in a 48th District game at Wayne County. The Lady Warriors will return to action on Thursday evening, when they will travel to Berea to face the Lady Pirates.
BC - 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 0 2
SW - 4 1 5 4 X - 14 10 0
WP - Fourman (SW)
LP - Baker (BC)
2B - Molden (SW)
3B - Molden (SW)
HR - Fourman (SW)
RBI - Garnett (BC); Fourman 4, Molden 4, Venable 2, Woodall, Bruner, Burchett (SW)