Lackey soft­ball tops Thomas Stone in slugfest

Charg­ers ex­plode for 13 runs in fi­nal two in­nings; earns sec­ond straight vic­tor y

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

The Lackey soft­ball team trailed host Thomas Stone 10-9 af­ter five in­nings and looked to turn the tides in Mon­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac divi­sion con­test.

The Charg­ers did just that, scor­ing 13 runs over the fi­nal two in­nings en route to a 24-10 vic­tory over the Cougars.

It was the sec­ond straight win for Lackey (5-5, 3-2 Po­tomac), which had 26 hits in the con­test and matched its sim­i­lar run to­tal where they shut out the vis­it­ing Great Mills Hor­nets on Fri­day.

The Charg­ers had eight runs on 11 hits in the sixth to grab the lead and the even­tual win.

“I give Thomas Stone all the credit in the world be­cause those girls fought and I think all of their runs were scored with two outs,” Lackey head coach Jerry Bar­ron said. “Our girls fi­nally re­al­ized why we are in a real game. I’m proud of how ev­ery time Stone went up we came back. I don’t know where that team was that bat­ted in that last in­ning. We think we’re down, but our girls did not quit and kept go­ing.”

The Lackey of­fense was spear­headed by ju­nior sec­ond base­man Macie Shumpert, who was 4 for 5 at the plate with two dou­bles, a home run, while driv­ing in a to­tal of seven runs on the day. Krysta Clark also had four hits and two dou­bles for the Charg­ers and Jenna Clark, Gabby Sandy and Kate Kerzel each added three hits.

“When we come to­gether we ac­tu­ally form a team and we hit the ball, play good de­fense and pick each other up, and that showed in the last in­ning,” said Shumpert, who hit her first-ever home run in high school in form of a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the third in­ning. “I’ve been strug­gling hit­ting, so it felt re­ally good to put the bat on the ball.”

Lackey jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, but Stone re­sponded with four runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning to come to within 5-4. Stone tied the game at 5 in bot­tom of the sec­ond, but Shumpert’s homer gave the Charg­ers a 7-5 lead in the top of the third. Stone went up 8-7 in the bot­tom of the third, but Lackey went back on top 9-8 on a two-run dou­ble by Shumpert in the fourth.

Stone went back on top 10-9 in the bot­tom of the fifth on a two-run dou­ble by Pey­ton Gowin (4 hits). In the top of the sixth, Lackey back on top by one run on a sac­ri­fice fly by Shumpert and an RBI dou­ble by Krysta Clark.

“We hit the ball bet­ter than what we’ve been hit­ting it, but we made some er­rors de­fen­sively and that last in­ning we just col­lapsed,” Stone head coach Dave Reilly said. “We knew it was go­ing to be a high-scor­ing game. We only have 11 play­ers and it is not much that we can do. Lackey hit the ball real well, but you can’t have er­rors, es­pe­cially when the game was tight head­ing into the sixth.”

Stone (3-8, 2-4) is sched­uled to host Chop­ti­con at 4:30 p.m. to­day, while Lackey is slated to be at home ver­sus McDonough, also at 4:30 p.m. to­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Lackey ju­nior sec­ond base­man Macie Shumpert, far right, cel­e­brates with her team­mates at home plate af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run in the top of the third in­ning of Mon­day’s 24-10 win over host Thomas Stone. Shumpert fin­ished with four hits and seven RBIs on the day.

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