pelle. “Greenbrier is fundamentally sound both offensively and defensively. They showed that today.”
In the second game, the Lady Rams got a spark with Shea McInerny pitching an almost perfect game and Newton’s bats contributing heavily with 13 hits to blank the Martin Luther King Jr. Lady Lions (2-8 overall, 0-5) 12-0.
The Lady Rams went straight to work against MLK, scoring four runs in the first inning with hits coming off the bats of Chermisha Roberts, Markea Sheppard, Chaconna Marks, Springer and Okeema Turk.
McInerny fanned eight Lady Lions’ hitters versus no walks while giving up three hits and no runs.
Newton continued its assault on the Lady Lions in the second inning when Roberts led off with a double to deep left center before Sheppard hit a single deep to the corner in right field to plate the runner.
Sheppard stole her second base of the game before Haliegh Wiggins hit a single to left to put runners at the corners.
Marks drove a single to center to load the bases before Springer hit a 6-3 sacrifice to score a run and the Lady Rams took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Newton didn’t stop there as it piled on six more runs in the third with Turk getting on off an error by the pitcher and Sami Becker collecting a walk before Stevie Hodges singled to load the bases.
Roberts hit a run-scoring single before Sheppard tripled to center to plate two more runs.
After a walk and a single, Turk hit a 4-3 sacrifice to score another run before Becker singled to drive in the last run in the inning and push Newton's lead to 12-0.
MLK went down in order in its half of the inning and the game was run-ruled to give Newton the victory.
“I’m proud of the way our girls bounced back in the second game,” said LaChappelle. “We put the ball in play with runners on and our defense held up well.”
Sheppard and Roberts each finished with three hits to lead the Lady Rams.
Newton dropped a 2-0 decision to Union Grove in the nightcap.
The Lady Rams defense took front stage in the loss led by Marks from the catching position.
Springer collected six strikeouts while giving up just four hits. One of the four was a two-run homer by Meagen Stover to give the Union Grove the victory and secure the third seed next week.