Lady Hornets split two

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 2, 2004

DEMOPOLIS- Friday night, the Dallas County Lady Hornets qualified to play in the area tournament championship against Demopolis by beating Greensboro 13-1.

It was the second of two games played. In the first the Lady Hornets lost an extra inning battle against Demopolis, 1-0.

The first game was a pitcher’s duel. Both hurlers went the distance.

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“The game was fantastic,” remarked Dallas County coach Ed Miller, “two great pitchers and two great defenses. Mallory was throwing some heat tonight, but both pitchers wanted it bad”

The only run of the game was unearned. Mallory Miller of the Lady Hornets and Kelly Keasler of the Lady Tigers both had recorded eight strikeouts by the end of four innings, each gave up only two hits in the game and neither allowed a runner to advance past first base for seven and a half innings.

Demopolis scored the only run of 1the game in their half of the eighth without the benefit of a hit.

The first batter walked then the next two batters reached base on fielders’ choices, one via an error. The next batter grounded to third and the run scored on a dropped ball at the plate.

“Demopolis is the defending state champions and have returned all nine starters from a year ago,” added Coach Miller, “we’re two and two against them and all the games won by two runs or less.”

In the second match up Dallas County faced the Greensboro Lady Raiders. It was the offensive side that did the damage to produce the win for the Lady Hornets.

Dallas County banged out 13 hits to go along with their 13 runs.

The Lady Hornets opened the game with three runs in the first inning, that included an RBI double off the left field wall by Cassie Newman.

They scored six runs in the second inning on six hits, four runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth. Greensboro produced their only run in the third.

The hitting attack was lead by Jennifer McIlwain with two hits and two RBI’s. Chelsea Chamberlain had two hits. Cherie Lane drove in two runs with a single. Miller, Ashley England, Ashley Wilson, Claire Veach and Jessica Melton, who came on to pitch in the second inning each had an RBI single.