By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent Commonwealth Journal
Two games. 26 runs scored. 0 runs scored against.
That would be tale of Southwestern’s Thursday evening doubleheader at the War Path with Knox Central, as the Lady Warriors simply dominated the visiting Lady Panthers.
Up until the Thursday evening twin bill, Jim Woodall’s Lady Warriors had been not played a game since March 19th, having Mother Nature affect their schedule. Despite the nine-day lay-off, the Lady Warriors dismantled Knox Central in the two games, winning by totals of 11-0 (five innings) and 15-0 (four innings).
“When you don’t get on the field for nine days, you wonder how your team will respond,” began Woodall. “I’m proud of all the girls because they came out to play ball tonight - it was a really good night for us. They hit the ball well, made some great defensive plays, and put down some nice bunts when we needed a squeeze.”
In game one, Southwestern began the scoring spree by tallying two runs in the opening frame. Senior Megan Burchett scored on a passed ball, while junior Sydney “Dozer” Fourman, who doubled to right field, scored on a single from sophomore Destiny Molden.
The Lady Warriors added one run to the total in the second inning, as freshman Gillian Gibson laid down a sacrifice bunt that allowed junior Allie Venable to score, putting Southwestern out front, 3-0. Venable led off the inning with a single to the left field grass.
Woodall and crew lit up the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third inning, as the ladies in blue and orange tallied four runs to run out to a 7-0 advantage over Knox Central. Fourman and Molden both scored on fielder’s choice plays, as sophomore Angel Beasley and Venable both picked up RBI’s. Beasley would score Southwestern’s sixth run of the evening on an overthrow from the catcher, while Venable would once again score on another sacrifice from Gibson.
Southwestern put three runs across the plate in the fourth inning to take an 11-0 lead over the Lady Panthers. The biggest hit came from Fourman, who blasted her second home of the season over the right center field wall for a two-run shot. Molden (error) and Beasley (walk) would both round the bases on a double from Venable.
The Lady Warriors would take game one by the score of 11-0, in five innings, due to the mercy rule. Southwestern continued to dominate in the nightcap, taking down Knox Central in four innings by a score of 15-0.
Three different Southwestern players finished with a pair of hits in the ballgame - Fourman, Molden, and Venable. Fourman had a double and a home run with two RBI’s, while Venable had a single and a double with a game-high three RBI’s. Molden finished with two singles and one RBI.
Fourman also a had big night on the mound for Southwestern, as she earned the victory. In her five-inning outing, the junior gave up three hits and struck out four Lady Panther batters.
“Dozer, she rocked out there tonight,” praised the long-time Lady Warrior softball coach. “She was on her game. Her big home run was a back-breaker.”
Southwestern, who moved to 3-0 with the pair of victories over Knox Central, traveled to Clinton County last night to take on the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Warriors will be back on the road this afternoon, when the will travel to Cumberland County.