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Greenup softball downs Lewis

April 7, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

Thursday, Mar. 20 -- Greenup County (3-1) scored a pair of first-inning runs and added a home run in the seventh to give the Lady Musketeers a 3-0 63rd District softball victory over Lewis County (1-1). It was the home opener for the Lady Lions. Lewis County out-hit the Lady Musketeers 4-3 and neither team committed an error.

Greenup County began the game with a Jordan Moore double. A pitch hit the next batter, Abby Sanders. Both runners moved up with a stolen base before Paige Howard’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Moore. Sanders eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Lewis County put runners on base in the first, second, third and seventh innings, but was unable to drive any of them home.

In the top of the seventh, Madi Greene hit a line-drive solo home run over the fence in left-center field. Lewis County loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning after Tee-sah Pollard singled, Paige Kennedy walked and Kylee Caudill singled. However, Greenup’s Abby Wright made a diving catch in right field to end the Lady Lion threat and secure the victory. Both pitchers went the distance.

Brooke Johnson earned the win striking out five and walking three. Kelsey Rizzo suffered the loss, despite allowing three hits and two walks. The Lewis County junior struck out six. Greene, Moore and Sanders had hits for the Lady Musketeers, with Greene and Howard each registering an RBI. Caudill, Pollard, Kennedy and Peyton Helphinstine each singled for the Lady Lions.

Greenup  2 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 3 3 0
Lewis       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 4 0

WP: Brooke Johnson (7 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HB)
LP: Kelsey Rizzo (7 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HB)
1B: Sanders (Greenup), Kennedy (Lewis), Helphinstine (Lewis), Pollard (Lewis), Caudill (Lewis)
2B: Moore (Greenup)
HR: Greene (Greenup)
R: Moore (Greenup), Sanders (Greenup), Greene (Greenup)
RBI: Howard (Greenup), Greene (Greenup)
SF: Howard (Greenup)
SB: Moore (Greenup), Sanders (Greenup), Mitchell (Greenup), Stamm (Lewis)
CS: Sanders (Greenup)
LOB: Greenup 2, Lewis 8

Pre-game notes: Greenup County (2-1) at Lewis County (1-0) 5:30 p.m. in softball. It will be the home opener for the Lady Lions, as well as the first 63rd District matchup for both squads. Lewis County opened its season with an 18-9, eight-inning victory at Bath County on Tuesday. The Lady Musketeers began the year Saturday with a pair of victories over top-ranked Ashland Blazer 7-3 (at home) and Lawrence County 2-1 (on the road). Greenup dropped Tuesday’s outing at home to No. 2 East Carter 4-2. Last year, Lewis County finished 6-16 overall and 0-7 in district play, while Greenup County was 19-18 and 4-3, respectively. The Lady Lions’ Tuesday win snapped a six-game slide that dated back to last season. The team dropped its last home game to West Carter 8-3 on May 8, 2013. Lewis owns an eight-game district skid and has fallen in 27 of its last 28 matchups. The lone win during that span was over Raceland (9-5 on road) on May 19, 2012. GC and LC will meet again on Apr. 8 in Greenup. The Lady Musketeers have won the last 10 meetings, including 10-0 in Vanceburg on Apr. 18, 2013, and 4-1 at home on Mar. 27, 2013. GC swept the series in each of the last four years, and defeated the Lady Lions in the district tournament in the ’11 and ’12 campaigns. Lewis County’s last win over the Lady Musketeers came on Apr. 16, 2009 (5-0 at Greenup). The Lady Lions’ last home victory over GC was Apr. 19, 2007 (14-1 in five innings).

See videos: Greenup County junior pitcher Brooke Johnson, Greenup County coach Eric Keeton, Lewis County coach Kayla Lykins.

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