Lee Softball Swept By Shorter Lady Hawks

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Stevie Baird homered and doubled in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Stevie Baird homered and doubled in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
- photo by Lee University

In a tale of two very different games the No. 25 Shorter Lady Hawks swept the Lee softball team on Saturday afternoon from Butler Field.

The Lady Flames and Lady Hawks battled for 10 innings in a pitcher’s duel in game one with Shorter coming out on top, 3-2. Game two saw the two teams combined for 24 runs and 34 hits as the Lady Hawks outslugged Lee, 17-7.

Lee now sits at 17-9 overall and 8-6 in the GSC while Shorter improves to 21-9 and 10-4.

The Lady Flames and Lady Hawks will wrap up their three-game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Fans are invited to come out and enjoy some free delicious Mayfield Ice Cream Sandwiches at Butler Field.

Game 1- Lee 2 Shorter 3

Savannah Thomas tied the game in the seventh inning on a solo home run and Kameron Carter delivered the go-ahead run in the top of 10th to help Shorter earn the comeback victory over the Lady Flames in game one.

Leigh Beatenbough did not allow a hit until the sixth inning but would end up with the no-decision. The junior allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out five in six-plus innings of work.

Taylor Moran came on after Beatenbough gave up the blast to Thomas and was effective in four relief innings. She allowed just three hits and one unearned as she punched out six.

Stevie Baird drilled her third home run of the season in the third inning to put Lee up 1-0. She finished with three this and scored twice.

Abby McKinney gave Lee the 2-0 advantage as she singled down the right field line to score Baird in the fifth frame.

From there however it was all Shorter as Payton Lippert danced around a leadoff double in the seventh inning and several other scoring chances to earn the victory (8-4) pitching all 10 innings. Lippert allowed 11 hits and two runs but helped herself out with 10 big strikeouts.

Maddie Hunt got the Lady Hawks on the board in the sixth with a run-scoring double off Beatenbough. Kameron Carter added two hits while Ericka Bynum singled and walked.

Game 2- Lee 7 Shorter 17

In a game that tested the light bulbs in the scoreboard Shorter outgunned Lee 17-7 to complete the doubleheader sweep.

The Lady Hawks got five hits and two home runs from Bynum who finished 5 for 6 with seven RBI in the contest. Hunt also had five hits and scored four runs while driving in two.

Taylor Moran homered in the third inning to help the Lady Flames climb back into the contest. Rachel Polacek would follow with her first home run of the year just three batters later as Lee cut the deficit down to 6-4.

The comeback was stifled however as the high-powered Shorter offense scored in every inning and scored multiple runs in all but one frame.

Moran finished with three this and four RBI while Allison Meadows had two hits and scored twice. McKinney drilled two doubles and is now hitting .436 on the season.

McKinney started and went just 2.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits. Hailey Clark tossed 1.1 innings and gave up four runs on five hits before Madyson Stallcup finished the contest, yielding nine hits and seven runs in three innings. Only one of those runs was earned however thanks to four Lee fielding errors.

Hannah Draper started for Shorter and worked two-plus innings giving up three runs and six hits. Kalei Clark finished the contest to earn her seventh victory of the season. She allowed four runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three.

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