The Lady Mustangs got into the win column last Friday by defeating West Union, 17-0, in five innings in a Southern Hills Athletic Conference contest.
Freshman pitcher Sarah McKinney received her first varsity win going four innings. Sophomore Jenna Waits pitched the final inning to complete the combined shutout only allowing a total of two hits. McKinney had seven strikeouts and one walk.
The Lady Mustangs were led at the plate by senior Haleigh Snider and Senior Sierra Benney, who both went 4 for 4 with four RBIs each. Madison Banks, McKinney, Jenna Waits and Brya McClain tallied two hits on the night. The Lady Mustangs pounded out 19 total hits.
“I was extremely happy for the girls tonight. We have been working really hard and our tough early schedule hasn’t been kind to us,” Lynchburg coach Chad McConnaughey said. “(Friday) we battled and we came focused to put the bat on the ball. Sarah did a great job keeping the West Union batters off balance. This was a total team effort in the victory.”
On Saturday, the Lady Mustangs hosted a double-header with Clermont Northeastern. The first game went to the Lady Mustangs by a score of 5-4. They were led by Haleigh Snider who hammered two home runs along with Sierra Benney driving one out as well. Madison Banks had a big triple and Sarah McKinney doubled.
McKinney pitched all seven innings to post her second win of the season. She struck out four and walked one. The Lady Mustangs committed two errors in the field, which McConnaughey said continues to plague the young team.
In the second game the Lady Mustangs got off to a slow start and never were able to recover, dropping the game in six innings by a final of 13-2. Although L-C had 13 hits in the game, it was unable to string them together to ever get anything going. CNE put together its largest inning in the fifth with five runs crossing the plate to put the game out of reach.
Five players had multi-hit games for the Lady Mustangs — Lainie Lunsford, Brya McClain, Madison Banks, Sarah McKinney and Sierra Benny. McConnaughey said ll five players had very good quality at bats.
“Errors once again plagued the Lady Mustangs helping to result in the loss. We continue to struggle when one or two bad things happen,” McConnaughey saiud. “We allow that adversity to just consume us and we must continue to work on that. I do feel; however, as a team we are starting to put things together. The ladies are working very hard every day. We look forward to getting back on the field.“
Information for this story was provided by Chad McConnaughey.