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LWC Softball sweeps 2nd double header with Thomas More

By Kyrin Mayfield

Crestview Hills, KY - The offensive firepower and overwhelming pitching of the No. 3 Lindsey Wilson softball team pushed the Blue Raiders to two more wins over Thomas More (KY) on Saturday at Thomas More Field.

After claiming his 300th win at Lindsey Wilson earlier in the week, the two victories put head coach David Dews at 600 career wins from his time at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Ala.), Darton State (Ga.), and Lindsey Wilson.

Lindsey Wilson (12-0, 8-0 Mid-South Conference) put up a combined 15 runs and held Thomas More (2-8, 1-7 MSC) to just three. The Blue Raiders scored first in all four games of the series.

Game 1: Lindsey Wilson - 1 | Thomas More - 0
Game one was a pitcher's duel between Annabelle Ramirez of Lindsey Wilson and Annika Gels of Thomas More.

Over the first three innings, the two pitchers allowed a combined three hits and no runs with 13 strikeouts, eight of which were credited to Ramirez.

Lindsey Wilson finally broke through in the fourth inning when Makea-Al Kaluau led off with her second hit of the day. Alexus Garza followed with a base knock to put two runners on for Alexis Garayzar to hit a sacrifice fly to deep center and score Kaluau for a 1-0 lead.

That run would be all the Blue Raiders needed to claim the first game as Ramirez shut down the Saints the rest of the way. She pitched a complete game shutout and recorded 16 whiffs, tying her career-high.

Kaluau (2-for-3) and Carissa Summers (2-for-2) were the only players to record multiple hits for Lindsey Wilson.

Game 2 (six innings): Lindsey Wilson - 14 | Thomas More - 3
The Blue Raiders needed just one inning to exceed the run total from game one. Mikayla Marquez reached base on a Thomas More error to start the match. She swiped second and moved to third after an errant throw by the Saints' catcher Rebecca Mowen. Brianna Griffiths brought Marquez home on a single to open the scoring.

A third error allowed Griffiths to cross home on a ground ball by Garza. The troubles continued two batters later when another throwing mishap by Thomas More allowed Kaluau and Garza to score for a 4-0 lead.

Lindsey Wilson added some insurance runs in the third with four hits in a row to begin the frame. Breanna Clark picked up two RBIs with a double to plate Garza and Garayzar. After back-to-back strikeouts, Griffiths was able to keep the inning going with a single that scored Lyric Houston to push the lead to 7-0.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Saints loaded the bases on a hit batter, walk and single with just one out. Elena Harrison came through for Thomas More when she slapped a ball into center field for the Saints' first two runs of the game. Harrison was then caught in a rundown trying to swipe a bag but was not tagged out before Valerie Hudepohl snuck home to cut the Blue Raider lead to 7-3.

Lindsey Wilson got right back to work in the top of the fourth with a RBI single off the bat of Clark. Jordan Balz stepped in next with the same result - a base knock to score Garza and move the lead to 9-3.

In the fifth inning, the Blue Raiders got on the scoreboard with a solo shot from Kaluau, her team-high fifth home run, and the team's first of the series.

Then in the sixth, Lindsey Wilson scored for the fourth inning in a row when Clark punched her first home run of the season out over left field. Four more hits and an error followed for an additional four runs to put the Blue Raiders in cruise control up 14-3.

Unable to shrink the deficit to eight runs or less, the mercy rule was enforced and Lindsey Wilson secured the four-game sweep.

Clark shined on offense and defense as the senior went 3-for-5 at the plate with her first double and home run of the season to accumulate five RBIs and a run. In the circle, she notched her third win of the year with six innings pitched, three earned runs, five hits and five strikeouts.

Griffiths went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs and RBIs while Garza led the squad in crossing home plate three times.

The Blue Raiders return to Marilyn D. Sparks Park on Wednesday for a doubleheader against No. 10 Georgia Gwinnett at 2pmCT.

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