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LWC Softball sweeps doubleheader against Shawnee State

By Kyrin Mayfield

The Lindsey Wilson softball team opened up Mid-South Conference play with two wins over Shawnee State (Ohio) on Tuesday at Marilyn D. Sparks Park.

The Blue Raiders (6-0, 2-0 MSC) outscored the Bears (0-2, 0-2 MSC) 14-3 over the two games and were error-free.

Game 1 (five innings): Lindsey Wilson - 8 | Shawnee State - 0
Lindsey Wilson was in good hands with Annabelle Ramirez starting in the circle for game one. The senior proved to be nearly untouchable allowing no runs and only three hits over five innings with seven strikeouts, four of which came in the second and third innings.

Her strong performance gave the Blue Raider offense enough time to heat up, which it did in the bottom of the fourth. Brianna Griffiths got things going with a two-out double. Makea-Al Kaluau then stepped up and did what she does best - hit it out of the park. Her two-run shot gave Lindsey Wilson its first lead of the game.

Lexi Isable continued the frame with a walk and then scored when Alexus Garza doubled down the left-field line. A 3-0 lead was a good start, but the Blue Raiders wanted more.

After a leadoff groundout in the fifth inning, Lindsey Wilson used two walks and two singles to bring Lyric Houston home for the fourth run of the afternoon. With the bases loaded, Kaluau stepped in the batter's box once again and sent a ball soaring over the fence for a game-ending grand slam due to the mercy rule.

Ramirez picked up her third win of the season.

Kaluau accumulated six RBI's, doubling her season total, along with two runs and a line of 2-for-4. Desiree Chang and Garza also recorded multi-hit outings and Griffiths scored twice.

Game 2: Lindsey Wilson - 6 | Shawnee State - 3
The Blue Raiders struck first again in game two, this time in the bottom of the first. Kaluau's bat stayed hot as she slapped a ball to center field for a double. Isable followed with her first-career triple to score Kaluau for a 1-0 Lindsey Wilson lead.

Hannah Epperson received the ball to start game two, and she picked up where Ramirez left off by keeping the Bears off the scoreboard for the first five innings.

However, Shawnee State came out of hibernation in the sixth inning. Kalle Coleman took Epperson deep to start the frame, who was replaced by Breanna Clark after walking the next batter. After two more runs from a pair of hits, Ramirez returned to the circle for the Blue Raiders. She struck out three consecutive batters to finally end the inning.

With an undefeated record at stake, Lindsey Wilson fought back in the bottom half of the sixth. All nine batters came to the plate. Five hits, including three doubles, and two errors led to five runs for the Blue Raiders and a 6-3 lead.

Ramirez added two more strikeouts to earn her fourth win and close the books on Lindsey Wilson's sixth victory of the season.

Kaluau went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a team-high two RBIs and one run as well. Isable and Carissa Summers each garnered two hits on the evening with a run and RBI.

The four-game series concludes Thursday with a doubleheader beginning at noon CT at Marilyn D. Sparks Park.

This story was posted on 2021-03-03 05:02:41
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