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March 9, 2013

Lucas Lovejoy Leopards power past Lady Lions


GREENVILLE —   The Lucas Lovejoy Lady Leopards hit three home runs in a 15-1 victory over the Greenville Lady Lions in District 13-4A softball at Monty Stratton Field on Friday.

  Lovejoy starting pitcher Brittany Lewis no-hit the Lady Lions while striking out six and walking two.

  The Lady Leopards wasted little time getting started as Ginger Hervey walked leading off the game. Autumn Keefer bounced out and Brittany Lewis flew out. But then Amanda Gray singled and Amanda Conner blasted a three-run home run over the right field fence.

  Lovejoy scored four more runs in the second as Danielle Brochu and Stephanie Cunningham walked, followed by a two-run Katie Curry single. Ginger Hervey then hit a two-run inside-the-park home run, making it 7-0 Lady Leopards.

  Lovejoy stretched its lead to 10-0 in the third, before scoring five more in the top of the fifth inning. Cunningham singled in the fifth, followed by a Curry walk and a Hervey triple, scoring Cunningham and Curry. Lewis then slugged a three-run home run.

  Arian Alford scored scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth for Greenville.

  Greenville travels to Wylie on Tuesday for a 11:30 a.m. junior varsity game and a 1 p.m. varsity contest.

  “I was very proud of the girls,” said Greenville coach Randy Pierce. “We were playing with our third pitcher, our backup catcher, and two junior varsity girls (Brenda Wenio and Lauren McManus) that we brought up today. We competed very well today and kept our confidence even though we lost 15-1.  Lovejoy is a tough team.”

  Greenville is now 3-12-1 for the season.

  Lucas Lovejoy also won the junior varsity game, 15-1.

                            District 13-4A softball

Lucas Lovejoy    343    05    —15 12 0

Greenville           000    01    —  1  0  3

  WP: Brittany Lewis, 0 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 6 Ks.

  LP: Arian Alford, 12 hits, 15 runs, 13 ERs, 4 BBs, 1 K.

         Leading hitters

  LL: Ginger Hervey 3-4, 5 RBIs; Brittany Lewis 1-4, 4 RBIs; Amanda Gray 1-4, Amanda Conner 3-3, 2 RBIs; Stephanie Cunningham 2-3, Katie Curry 2-2, 2 RBIs.

  G: Arian Alford 1 run.

  Record: G 3-12-1.

  Next game: Greenville at Wylie, 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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