20-2 MCS Lady Trojans sweep Lady Generals
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The Meadowview Christian Lady Trojans moved two games closer to having their tickets punched for the “Big Dance” in Lagoon Park. If the Lady Trojans can sweep the Lady Tigers of Taylor Road Academy then they will lock up the No. 1 seed heading into the State Tournament May 6-7 at Lagoon Park.
Right now, the Lady Trojans stand with an impressive mark of 20-2 and are currently 11-1 against AA opponents. Their one loss coming to the team that has been the thorn in the side of Meadowview in AAA and now, they have resumed that role since both teams have dropped to AA – Tuscaloosa Academy.
Monday afternoon Meadowview notched wins No. 19 and 20 with a sweep of Abbeville Christian Academy.
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In the first game, Meadowview jumped out to an early one-run lead at the end of the first inning and remained one up through the third. But, in the fourth inning Meadowview loaded the bases and Haley McIntyre cleaned them off.
Coach Ric Raines said that her hit was the turning point in the game for the Lady Trojans in game one.
McIntyre ripped a shot to the deep outfield that enabled runners on second and third to score. The runner on first trucked around third base and then for the score and then McIntyre herself rounded third for home and was safe at the plate with a four-run inside-the-park-home run.
Meadowview tacked on four more runs that inning to make an eight run-fourth inning and put the game out of reach for their opponents.
“There were a lot of errors in the first game,” said Raines. “There were three errors in that fourth inning. The first three innings it was a good game, but in the fourth I think we brought 12 batters to the plate.”
The Lady Trojans tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the fifth inning to ice the game with them on top 10-0.
While McIntyre was contributing the offensive firepower for the black-clad home team, it was pitcher Micah Lolley who was holding their opponents bats at bay.
Lolley improved to 14-1 on the season with the win and also pitched a no-hitter. Surprisingly, she only recorded three strikeouts.
“We executed very well during that game,” said Raines.
Game two for the Lady Trojans, however, was a complete converse of the first one.
Abbeville jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start things off thanks to two errors by the Lady Trojans.
In the bottom of the inning, however, Meadowview answered with a pair of runs to tie the game at 2-2.
“After we gave up those runs we settled down and played an excellent game,” said Raines.
Lolley notched her 15th win of the season, allowing only a pair of hits through seven innings of work.
“Micah pitched two very good games,” said Raines.
The Lady Trojans were able to tack on the go ahead run in the third inning and then fourth run in the seventh, notching the 4-2 victory.
Overall, McIntyre finished the day 6-for-8 with multiple RBI’s, multiple runs scored, five singles and an inside-the-park home run. Elyse McIntyre finished the first game 3-for-4 with three singles, a pair of RBI and a run scored. In game two she singled and finished 1-for-3.
Lolley, Megan Lambert and Amber Curtain finished the top half of the twin bill 2-for-3 each.
In game two, Kasey Burton put marks in the stat column finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI, a pair of singles and a run scored.
Meadowview will be back in action on Wednesday against Taylor Road in a double header. If the Lady Trojans earn one win, they are automatically in the state playoffs. If they sweep, they are in the state playoffs as a No. 1 seed.
First pitch for that game is set for 3:15.