Lee Softball Earns Split With King
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Laney Harris led the Lady Flames with four hits on Wednesday.
The Lee softball team bounced back from a game one loss to take game two and split a non-conference doubleheader from King University on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Butler Field.
The Tornado drilled three home runs to top the Lady Flames, 9-5 in game one before the resurgent Lee club fired back with a 10-2 run-rule five-inning win in the nightcap.
"It feels good to be back on track," said Lee head coach Emily Russell. "We looked more like ourselves tonight. We had a great team effort and I'm proud of how we moved forward together through this tough patch in the season."
GAME 2 – Lee 10 King 2
It's been a long road back to the circle for Lee pitcher Shonna Penney (1-2) but the senior completed the journey with a victory in game two.
Penney came on in relief and worked out of a jam in the third inning to keep the score tied at 2-2.
From there the Lee bats woke up and scored eight unanswered runs over the next three innings. Kayla Louie was a perfect for 3 or 3 with two runs scored. Taylor De Adder doubled to left to start the Lee scoring in the first and then powered a home run to right center. Janina Remley got the start at designated player and doubled, singled and score a run.
In the bottom of the fifth it was Shelby Cole who put the sprinkles on the ice cream. The freshman launched her second home run of the season, a two-run shot down the left field line, to complete the run-rule.
Mallory Orchard started for the Lady Flames and lasted 2.1 innings. Orchard gave up two runs on three hits.
The Tornado were led by leadoff hitter Erin Foster who led off the game with her fourth home run of the season. Meagan Puckett followed with a solo shot of her own in the second to account for all of the scoring for the visitors.
Carly Turner (6-5) started and went four innings. She gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits.
GAME 1 – Lee 5 King 9
The King Tornado roared through Butler Field in game one on Wednesday as they belted three home runs on their way to a 9-5 win.
The Tornado opened the scoring in the second inning as they scored three runs on a two-run single and a throwing error. The Lady Flames would get one back in the second before four-run fourth inning broke the game wide open. Azlee Sells launched a three-run home run to center and Foster followed with a solo blast to make it 7-1.
The bright spot in the loss for the Lady Flames was the play of powerful freshman Laney Harris. The Walker Valley product lead off the second with a triple, singled in a run in the fourth and doubled home a run in the sixth. Kayla Louie added two hits and finished the day with five hits to push her average up to .345.
Madison Barnett (3-5) was the losing pitcher as she allowed seven runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. Gracie Leslie cleaned up the last 3.1 innings. She surrendered two runs on four hits.
Nikole Counts picked up her 10th win of the year as she tossed five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. She struck out four and walked four. Marleigh Duncan came on in relief and helped shut the door with two scoreless innings.
The game two victory snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Lady Flames and moves them to 10-16. King is now 18-10 on the year.
Lee will host GSC rival Shorter University this weekend. First pitch of Friday's doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.