The Lady Mustangs’ softball team had a rough Saturday this weekend, losing to both Western Brown and Zane Trace in a three-way double header. Before those loses, however, the Lynchburg-Ckay team was able to get a hard-fought, extra innings win at home against West Union on Friday. They won that game 11-10 in eight innings. Hayley McConnaughey led the way for the Lady Mustangs in that game, as she hit a triple and two doubles and went 5-for-5 at the plate for the game.
“Last time we played West Union, it was at their place and we lost 7-1,” coach Spring Roberts said after the game. “We hit the ball, but hit it right to them. [West Union] kept hitting our soft spots and took advantage of their runners on base. We didn’t execute. Tonight, we took them on at home and gave them a much better battle. We were able to get out early on them and jump to a four-run lead. After that, we went back and forth with the scoring and the hitting.”
The Lady Mustangs forced an extra inning with the West Union team and their most crucial hit came in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The inning started with McConnaughey hitting a double and we subbed in Same Pierson to run for her. Chelsi Hacker hit a hard ball that moved Pierson to third base and Hacker ended up standing on second base. That brought Brittany Allen to the plate.
“Brittany [Allen] had been hitting all night,” Roberts said of the crucial at-bat. “We need her to do something big for us though. Bunt. One of two things would happen. [West Union] would either let Allen have first and hold Pierson at third on the bunt or they would try and get the out at first and fire it back home and hopefully be in time.”
Allen laid down a perfect bunt on the pitch and West Union went with option one and gave up first base to keep Pierson from scoring from third base. Lexi Waits was next up and slapped one to left field that was caught, but too close for Pierson to tag-up from third. This brought Shelby Chisman to the plate. The West Union pitcher threw three balls in a row to Chisman to start the at-bat. Chisman watched the next pitch for a called strike. Coach Roberts, thinking that the pitcher would still be under pressure, gave Chisman the take sign on the 3-1 count. The pitcher threw a ball, walking Chisman, and walking the game-winning run in from third base. That made it 11-10 and the Lady Mustangs went home with the extra innings win.
“It was definitely a tough win,” Roberts said of the extra innings battle. “We needed that win more than anything. The girls girls that played tonight didn’t even look like the same girls who played the night before. These girls are so good at shaking off a loss and coming out the next day with a whole new attitude. The defense was solid once again with only two errors.”
Leading the way for the Lady Mustangs was Hayley McConnaughey going 5-for-5 with a triple and two doubles; Madysyn Creighton was 4-for-5 with a double; Hannah Binkley was 2-for-5 with a double; Shelby Chisman was 4-for-6; Brittany Allen was 3-for-5; Megan Pointer was 3-for-5. Hannah Binkley also pitched the game and had nine strikeouts.
The next afternoon, the Lady Mustangs played in a three-way double header with Western Brown and Zane Trace. They lost a close battle with Western Brown, 7-6 and were roughed up by Zane Trace to the tune of 10-2.
The Lady Mustangs travel to Manchester Tuesday, April 22nd to take on Manchester.
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