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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.

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