ROYAL DOM­I­NANCE

Prince Ge­orge Base­ball, Soft­ball teams de­feat vis­it­ing Lee-Davis

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Van­de­loecht Staff Writer

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.

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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.

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