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LWC Softball sweeps doubleheader against Thomas More

By Kyrin Mayfield

Crestview Hills, KY - In the first-ever meeting between the No. 3 Lindsey Wilson softball team and Thomas More (KY), the Blue Raiders swept the Saints in a doubleheader on Friday at Thomas More Field.

Lindsey Wilson (10-0, 6-0 Mid-South Conference) outscored Thomas More (2-6, 1-5 MSC) 18-4 and outhit the Saints 28-9 with 14 in each game for four straight games with double-digit hits.

Game 1 (10 innings) : Lindsey Wilson - 7 | Thomas More - 4
The Blue Raiders got the scoring going with a big second inning. Lyric Houston fought at the plate with a 10-pitch at-bat and eventually singled to center field. She later stole second base and came home on a base hit by Desiree Chang. Mikayla Marquez followed with the third Lindsey Wilson hit of the inning, and Lexi Isable was walked to load the bases. Makea-Al Kaluau brought Chang home with a sacrifice fly to center, and Marquez crossed home plate soon after when the next batter, Alexus Garza, singled. The scoring was capped off when Brianna Griffiths knocked the fifth hit of the frame to bring Isable home for a 4-0 Lindsey Wilson lead.

Hannah Epperson took to the circle for the Blue Raiders in game one, the first time this season she started the opening game of a doubleheader. The senior performed well early on holding the Saints to just one hit over the first three innings with three strikeouts.

However, Thomas More put a run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Andrea Gahan led off with a solo home run. It was the first run Lindsey Wilson gave up in the fourth inning this season and trimmed the lead to 4-1.

One inning later in the fifth, the Saints struck again. Five singles and an error by the Blue Raiders allowed Thomas More to string together three runs and tie the game at 4-4.

Neither team was able to muster any runs before the end of the seventh, and the contest continued into extra innings.

It wasn't until the 10th inning when the tie was finally broken. Due to the enforcement of the international tiebreaker rule, Lindsey Wilson's Jordan Balz started the inning on second base. Almost immediately after, Griffiths slapped a single into right field to score Balz and claim a 5-4 lead.

That lead continued to grow as Griffiths and Alexis Garayzar scored on sac flies by Houston and Zakiya Sizemore to go ahead 7-4.

Annabelle Ramirez came in to pitch in the bottom half of the inning and shut the door for the win.

Griffiths finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, and Kaluau notched three hits in four at-bats with an RBI.

Breanna Clark picked up her second win of the season after throwing 4.1 shutout innings in relief of Epperson while Ramirez garnered the save.

Game 2 (five innings) : Lindsey Wilson - 11 | Thomas More - 0
The Blue Raiders rode the momentum into game two as Lindsey Wilson flexed the bats in the top of the first. Four straight hits got the inning going for the Blue Raiders. The entire order came to bat and produced four runs over five hits and two walks for an early 4-0 lead.

Three frames later in the fourth, Lindsey Wilson once again sent all nine Blue Raiders to the plate. Garayzar and Houston both notched two-RBI singles to help put up a six spot on the scoreboard and move the lead to 10-0.

One more run was tacked on in the fifth inning when Garza reached base with a single and took advantage of a Thomas More error to score Lindsey Wilson's 11th run of the contest.

That total was more than enough of a cushion for starting pitcher Annabelle Ramirez. The senior had another lights-out performance with no runs and one hit allowed over five innings with 11 strikeouts. Ramirez (6-0) has not allowed a run in her last 17 innings pitched.

Isable, Kaluau, Garza, Garayzar and Houston each tallied two hits with the latter two leading the team in RBIs at three each, and Garza had the most runs with three. Additionally, Marquez recorded a hit to bring her hitting streak to eight games.

Both teams return to Thomas More Field on Saturday to conclude the four-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available, and no visiting fans are allowed. Please view the Thomas More Fan Attendance Policy for more information.

This story was posted on 2021-03-06 16:46:22
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