The Fairfield Lady Lions swept the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs in a double header Saturday to close out the Southern Hills Athletic Conference schedule for both teams before a capacity crowd at the Fairfield High School Baseball/Softball Complex. Fairfield won the first game 15-1 and the second game 10-0.
Fairfield won the outright SHAC, its 23rd championship in program history and their sixth consecutive title.
Fairfield improved to 12-1 in the SHAC and 19-4 overall while Lynchburg-Clay dropped to 2-11 in the SHAC and 2-15 overall.
Fairfield’s sophomore pitching duo of Caitlyn Quickle and Katelyn Chambliss combined to deny the Lady Mustangs a single earned run on the afternoon. In game one, Chambliss (7-1) threw one-hitter, and in game two, Quickle (12-3) threw a two-hit shutout.
The Lady Lion offense left no doubt of its ability, scoring 25 runs on 29 hits on the afternoon. Halle Hamilton, Jobey Hattan, Quickle, Hannah Hamilton, and Carly Sanders each had four hits in the doubleheader and Sidney Hooper had three hits. Sanders hit a home run in game two and drove in six runs.
In game one, Fairfield, the visiting team on the score board, scored five runs on six hits in the top of the first inning. Lynchburg-Clay scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning. Fairfield went on to score two runs in the second inning, two in the third inning, and six in the fourth inning. With thunder in the area the game was called after four innings with the score 15-1.
It was a similar story in game two. Fairfield scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning, two runs in the second inning, one run in the third inning, and one run in the fifth inning on a one-out double by Carly Sanders.
Leading hitters for the Lady Lions in the first game were: Halle Hamilton (2 for 3, double, 2 runs 1 RBI), Hattan (1 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Quickle (2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Sydney Sanders (2 for 3, 2 runs), Faith Miller (1 for 2, 2 runs), Hannah Hamilton (2 for 3, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 3 RBI), Carly Sanders (1 for 3, 1 run), and Hooper (3 for 3, 3 runs, 1 RBI).
Chambliss was the winning pitcher for Fairfield in game one. In four innings she innings she gave up one unearned run on on hit and no walks. She struck out five.
Sarah McKinney suffered the loss for Lynchburg-Clay. In four innings she allowed 15 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits and two walks while striking out one.
Leading hitters for the Lady Lions in game two were: Halle Hamilton (2 for 4, 2 runs), Hattan (3 for 4, 2 runs), Quickle (2 for 3, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 1 RBI), Hannah Hamilton (2 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBI), Carly Sanders (3 for 4, double, home run, 1 run, 6 RBI), Chambliss (1 for 3), Addison Bales (0 for 1, 2 walks, 1 run), and Jayden Howard (2 for 3, double, 1 RBI).
Quickle was the winning pitcher for Fairfield in game two. She pitched five shutout innings allowed two hits, did not walk anyone and struck out eight.
Morgan Baker suffered the loss for Lynchburg-Clay. In 4.3 innings, she allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits, and two walks while striking out three.
Fairfield was to play Tuesday in a Division III Southeast District Tournament game at Unioto High School against Westfall at 7 p.m.
Information for this story was provided by Tom Purtell, a Fairfield softball coach.