The Fayette County Lady Tigers broke their bats out early against the Riverdale Raiders and made it home in time for dinner. It was an extra-short game as the Tigers won 13-0 in three innings on the mercy rule.
“I love it when everybody gets to bat around and we get to have some fun on the bases,” said Coach Cassie Lawrimore. “The girls love having that opportunity too.”
Freshman pitcher Lindsey George struck out the side to start her team off with some momentum. The Tigers were patient at the plate, with Destiny Edwards, Destiny Truesdale, and Rasheedah Hasan walking to load the bases for power hitter Rikkelle Miller. Miller fouled off a couple pitching as she locked in her timing, then she crushed a grand slam for a 4-0 lead.
India Martin followed up with a single, and George walked before Treasure Smith tripled Martin and pinch runner Jada Brooks home. Smith scored as Jessica Wallace reached base and raced all the way to third on a pair of errors.
Destiny Gray walked, and Edwards plated her with a sacrifice for the first out and a 8-0 lead.
Truesdale walked again, and Hasan singled in a pair of runs, bringing Miller back up. She hit it even farther this time, blasting a two-run home run to dead center. Her second home run of the inning gave her 6 RBI for the day and a 12-0 lead.
Earlier this season, Miller predicted she would hit 10 home runs this year. She might have to up the bar.
“We’ll see how the season goes,” she said. “Hopefully I can do it.”
The Tigers handed over the last two outs of the frame by leaving base early.
After walking the first two batters to open the second, George settled in and struck out two more Raiders.
“She brings a lot to the team, not only with her pitching, but also her attitude and her maturity as a ballplayer,” said Lawrimore.
Fayette tacked on one more in the bottom half. Smith singled, stole second, moved over to third on a Wallace single, and scored on a Gray sacrifice.
George shut down Riverdale in the top of the third to end the game early. She finished the night recording six of her nine outs via strikeout.
The Tigers hope the commanding victory is the start of a good run. In a tough region, they’re not afraid to battle to get better.
“I think we need a few more games like this so when we play other schools we’re able to hit better,” said Miller.
Lawrimore thinks their work ethic will help them get in the thick of the region chase.
“They’re working hard during practice. They’re working hard during games. They’re always working to improve themselves,” she said. “I think this season is looking up.”
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