Sending Lady Lions home a no-no for ace Lockhart

Sending Lady Lions home a no-no for ace Lockhart

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 pm

Abigail Lockhart was lights out for the Lady Lions on Thursday as she pitched a no-hitter and scored the game’s only run in the top of the sixth inning a 1-0 win over West Carroll in the District 13A Tournament play-in game.
With the win, the Lady Lions moved into the winner’s bracket of the 13A softball tournament and were on the other end of a no-hitter as Dresden lost 7-0 to McKenzie.
Brooke Baucum tossed the no-no for the Lady Rebels, sending Dresden to the loser’s bracket.
Lockhart walked only two batters and struck out nine by utilizing her fastball, curve and riser to keep the hitters off-balance throughout the game. She faced 23 batters in the game and retired 21 of them.
Lockhart singled in the sixth and advanced to second when Tori Flippen reached on a fielder’s choice. She then went to third on a wild-pitch and scored when Taylor McAlpin hit a ball back to the pitcher who made a throwing error to first. McAlpin had two hits in the game.
Lockhart can thank her defense for playing so brilliantly behind her. The Dresden defense snagged every hard-hit ball off the West Carroll bats throughout the game.
Dresden ended a West Carroll threat in the bottom of the seventh when Kristen Childress threw out Holli Hooper trying to steal second after she reached on a walk.
West Carroll’s Rachel Simko sat down eight consecutive batters, six by strikeouts, after giving up a first inning single to Allie Phillips. McAlpin ended Simko’s run with a base hit in the fourth.
The loss ended West Carroll’s season.
Gleason lost to Hunting-don 15-0 on Thursday in a play-in game. No other information was reported to the Press. No results from the Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets were reported.
Monday night’s loss sends the Lady Lions into an elimination game today against Bruceton.
The two teams will meet  at 5 p.m.
Dresden now has to win today and Wednesday to make it into the championship round, slated for Thursday.
13A BASEBALL
It was do or die for both Dresden and Gleason as they both faced elimination in Saturday’s loser bracket in the District 13-A Baseball Tournament at Huntingdon.
Dresden stayed alive, but Gleason did not in the elimination game. The Lions looked like they wanted it more than the Bulldogs did with the 6-2 win.
Dresden was sharp on defense and got the breaks when they needed them. In the game against McKenzie on Friday, the Lions could not catch a break and they let errors dictate the outcome of the game in a 20-2 defeat.
Dresden 6, Gleason 2
After being pounded for 20 runs in Friday’s game against McKenzie, the Lions turned to Logan Thomas and he kept the Lions alive in the tournament by pitching a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Gleason’s Hunter Corum broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off single in the sixth inning.
The Bulldogs ended up getting three hits off of Thomas.
Dresden scored two in the first when Josh Bone drove in Gatlin Hatchel and courtesy runner Tyler Hutcherson with a base hit.
The Lions added three more runs in the top of third when Zac Seat hit a bases loaded single that scored Hutcherson and Bone.
Nathan Coleman got a RBI on his fielder’s choice that scored Chaz Coleman.
Thomas’ shutout was thwarted when Gabe Lowrance singled home Conner Verdell. Thomas Fowler scored on Cole Verdell’s sacrifice fly to left field.
Thomas had five strikeouts and walked two in the game. Gleason’s pitching only allowed five hits, but Blake Taylor issued six walks and Thomas Fowler walked two.
McKenzie 20, Dresden 2
It will be a game the Lions will want to soon forget as the Rebels pounded out 14 hits in the lopsided loss in the district tournament in Huntingdon on Thursday.
Two walks, a single and a double led to a three run lead for the Rebels in the first inning.
The Rebels added five more in the second, five in the third and five in the fourth to take a commanding 18-2 lead.
Bone led off the second inning with a towering blast over the center field wall to lead off the bottom of the second. Chaz Coleman scored the second run for the Lions in the inning on Eric VanDykes fielder’s choice.
Dresden could only manage to get five hits off of McKenzie’s Ty McClain.
Gleason 15, Big Sandy 0
Gleason walloped Big Sandy on Thursday to stay alive in the district tournament in Hungtingdon behind Fowler’s five RBIs.
Fowler went 3-for-4, scored four times, hit a triple and a double for the Bulldogs. Lowrance went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. He had one home run and a double to add to the Bulldogs offensive attack.
Austin Sullivan and Taylor each went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs driven in.
Conner Verdell got the win while holding Big Sandy to only one hit in five innings. He struck out five and walked three. Published in The WCP 5.8.12

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