The Fairfield Lady Lions (18-4) started off their tournament run on Thursday night with a 9-1 victory over Western Latham.
The Lady Lions collected 12 hits en route to their 9-1 victory.
The first inning was quiet for Fairfield, sending only four players to the plate and getting a runner as far as second base. In the second inning, the Lady Lions struck for five runs and then added another to their total in the third to make it 6-0. The Lady Lions capped off their scoring in the fourth inning sending another three girls across the plate to bring them to their game total of nine for the game. The lone run for the Latham girls was in the sixth inning.
Katie White went all seven innings in the game sitting 10 batters down by way of the strikeout and allowing just four hits. She walked no batters.
“This was a good win,” said Fairfield Head Coach Mark Dettwiller after the game. “The girls played hard today and, for the most part, played great defense. Offensively, we hit the ball well tonight.
“Katie threw the ball outstanding tonight for us. She’s been throwing the ball really well.”
We’re happy to get back down there,” said Dettwiller about advancing to the district round. “I think every game from here on out is going to be a dogfight.”
White led the Lady Lions at the plate with three hits and two doubles in the game. Lauren Arnold, Kourtnie Smith and Megan Gragg added two hits a piece and Emily Williams, Lyndee Spargur and Sherry Heckathorn had one hit each.
The Lady Lions will now move on to the district semi-finals game on Tuesday, May 17 to play either Trimble or Southern at Minford High School. That game is set to start at 4:30 p.m.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.