Prince George Baseball, Softball teams defeat visiting Lee-Davis
PRINCE GEORGE - When the Prince George Royals in the third inning hit the ball a small ways, they reaped big results.
Caitlin Abernethy tied the game on a short-distance fielder’s choice, Kyla Nase propelled the Royals to the lead on a short two-run single and Alyssa Swords added three runs off of a two-run triple and an error as Prince George Softball routed last year’s state runners-up LeeDavis 7-1.
It was another-comefrom-behind effort as the Royals trailed 1-0 before rallying on four runs in the third.
“Just like on Friday [at Cosby], being down one run, to these girls” - Prince George head coach Nealan Chandler said, referring to his Royals - “they really don’t see that as a deficit. They think: ‘Hey, we’re just a couple swings away and we’re back in this thing,’ and that’s the approach we took.”
“We come out every game ready to win and give it our all and really put a stamp on who we are as the Royals,” Nase said. “And we’ve worked on being positive to each other lately, which has really allowed us to keep coming back...”
Laura Thompson earned the pitching victory with 11 strikeouts and four hits allowed. At the plate, she batted two-for-three with two runs scored and a walk. Laura appeared hurt after diving across home plate to tie the game in the third inning, clutching her stomach
right after the play. But after getting water and returning to the pitching circle, Laura continued on. She also continued to flex her speed as the leadoff batter as she beat out a throw to first base on her bunt in the fourth inning, and scored her second run off of Swords' triple.
Her sister Sarah Thompson batted twofor-four with a run scored.
The second time through the lineup, Chandler noted they made a few adjustments that helped them going forward. Trailing 1-0 after the first inning, the Royals fired up their comeback bid in the
bottom of the third when Laura Thompson bunted, her sister Sarah drove a base hit to center field and a wild pitch enabled the Thompson sisters to advance to second and third.
Abernethy connected on the pitch, and while it didn't go far, Laura was able to slide home in time to beat the tag and tie the game. Then Nase stepped up and delivered a single that also didn't go far, but brought home both Sarah and Abernethy as Nase beat the play to first.
"We were tied up, but we were acting like it was a 0-0 game," Nase said. "I was just geared up ready to hit with two runners on second and third...I executed and did what I needed to do."
Godfrey smacked a fast-flying grounder down the middle to score
Nase and give the Royals a 4-1 advantage at the end of three.
Alyssa Swords would expand that lead in a big way in the fourth, slamming a two-run triple past a fielder's diving catch attempt in the outfield to send home both Laura and Madison Quesenberry. Swords then dashed all the way home after an overthrow to third base, completing the three-run play.
The Royals' defense from that point on kept Lee-Davis off of home plate, with Brooke Loving adding another throw to Nase at first base off a lineout for a quick double play in the fifth inning.
"Going back to playing good defense today was a big key," Chandler said. "The girls really worked hard to get the defense squared away where we
didn't have a great game on Friday but played pretty good defense today."
For Lee-Davis, Logan Hawker batted one-fortwo with an RBI. Lauren Taylor, who got on base on a walk, scored the Confederates' sole run of the game.
While Lee-Davis took its first recorded loss of the season, Prince George remained unbeaten at 10-0. The Royals play at home today (Tuesday, April 17 at 5 p.m.) versus Hopewell.
"We're gonna take the approach that we've got work to do every day,"
Chandler said, "We've got something to accomplish every day, and we'll go from there and see how it pans out at the end."
Nick Vandeloecht may be reached at nvandeloecht@progress-index. com, 804-722-5151 or @ NickVanDelPI on Twitter.
Prince George Softball’s Kyla Nase reacts after scoring a run off of a base hit from Haley Godfrey. Nase had the two-run go-ahead single on Monday for the Royals as they beat Lee-Davis 7-1.