The Fairfield Lady Lions took their 20th consecutive SHAC win Wednesday night against the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs, tying things up with a final score of 10-0.
Kaiti White pitched a two-hit shutout for Fairfield while striking out eight Lynchburg-Clay batters. Sherry Heckathorn, Carli Reiber, White and Lyndee Spargur each had two hits to lead the Lady Lions’ offense, while freshman Ashley Sanderson, making her first appearance for the Lady Lions, led Fairfield’s defense.
White dominated the Fairfield mound, allowing a shallow pop-fly single down the left field line off the bat of Serah Whitacre, just out of the reach of Fairfield left fielder Shania Setty.
The Lady Lions wasted no time, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Heckathorn laced a line drive single to left center field, and Reiber laid down a bunt to move Heckathorn to second base. Heckathorn then stole third base and scored on White’s sacrifice fly to deep center field. Emily Williams then singled up the middle and scored on Lauren Arnold’s double to the fence in left field. Arnold then scored on a single by Spargur.
The Lady Lions scored two more runs in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Megan Gragg drew a base on balls and Heckathorn singled to move Gragg to second base. Gragg and Heckathorn pulled off a double steal, and when the throw to third was wide of the base, Gragg scored and Heckathorn advanced to third base. Heckathorn scored on a double to center field by White.
Fairfield scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning; Reiber doubled, White singled, and Williams was safe on an error.
The Lady Lions completed scoring to end the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Setty had an infield single and pinch hitter Taylor Lawson forced Setty to second base on a fielder’s choice. Hayleigh Lowe came off the bench to pinch run for Lawson, and Gragg singled to advance Lowe to second base. Reiber singled up the middle to score Lowe, and White was safe on an error to score Gragg.
Leading hitters for the Lady Lions were Heckathorn, two for four, two runs, one steal; Reiber, two for three, double, sac bunt, one run, one RBI; White, two for three, double, one run; Spargur, two for three, one RBI; Williams, one for three, two runs; Arnold, one for two, double, one run, one RBI; Setty, one for three; and Gragg, one for two, two runs, one steal.
White (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Fairfield with five innings, two hits, no runs, no earned runs, no walks and eight strikeouts.
Serah Whitacre pitched 4.6 innings for Lynchburg with 12 hits, 10 runs, five earned runs, two walks, and one strikeouts.
Thomas Purtell is an assistant coach for the Fairfield Lady Lions.