W’view softball aces 1st exam

W’view softball aces 1st exam

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:03 am

The Westview softball team aced its initial test.

The Lady Chargers opened the 2011 campaign at the Sara Beth Whitehead Tournament in Jackson, posting a 5-1 record against highly-regarded opposition and finishing third in what was its first action of the campaign.

In tournament play, the W’view ladies bested usual powerhouse Camden 5-4, blanked Briarcrest 5-0 and edged Riverside 2-1.

The Lady Chargers also shut out Millington 8-0 and downed Jackson South Side 4-1 in pool play.

Westview’s lone defeat was a 2-1 heartbreaker to Grace Baptist — a team that advanced to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament title game a year ago.

“My expectations were exceeded,” Lady Charger coach J.B. Suiter said. “Early in the year, you’re trying to measure and see what you have. We matched up with every opponent with our pitching and hitting.

“All the girls stepped up and were ready to play. The pitching was dominant and that’s what has allowed us to advance in the postseason the past few years.”

Three Lady Chargers were named to the event’s All-Tournament team. That list included Shaylon Robb, Meagan Prince and Kayla Guthrie.

Westview returned to the diamond on Monday for a rematch at Camden. Coverage of that game will be in Thursday’s edition of The Press.

The Lady Chargers also are set to host Milan this afternoon at 4:30.

The following is a roundup of W’view’s action at the SBW Tournament.

Grace 2, Westview 1

The Lady Chargers certainly could have bested GB.

Both of the runs allowed were unearned. 

Prince, who struck out four and allowed just four hits, was the tough-luck losing pitcher.

Guthrie had the lone hit for the Lady Chargers.

Westview 5, Camden 4

Westview overcame an early 4-1 deficit to triumph against the Lady Lions.

The Lady Chargers struck for three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game and freshman Alex Croser came through in the sixth with the game-winning hit.

Robb and Guthrie were also of note offensively with three and two hits, respectively.

Robb struck out 13 and walked just one to gain the mound triumph.

Westview 5, Briarcrest 0

Prince struck out nine and walked four, limiting BC to just one hit.

Alex Hughey had a pair of Lady Charger safeties, while Mary Kirk Mesimer had one single.

Westview 2, Riverside 1

Robb was dominant on the hill, fanning 13 and allowing just one walk and one hit against the Lady Panthers.

Haley Coleman had one hit for Westview.

Westview 8, Millington 0

Prince fanned seven and walked just one as the Lady Chargers blanked their opposition from Shelby County.

Mesimer had two hits and drove in three, while Hughey chased a pair across the pay station.

Also, Holly Morris and Robb each finished with a pair of safeties.

Westview 4, J. South Side 1

Shaylon Robb kept the Jackson team at bay with 15 strikeouts.

Altogether, JSS had just three hits.

wcp 3/22/11

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