Lovejoy kicks off Bi-District play with a win over Sulphur Springs.
Mattie Boyd hurled 8 strikeouts in her return to the circle. The Lady Leopards played defense behind her and the offense took care of the rest. Boyd pitched all 6 innings in the match up tonight.
As a team, the Lady Leopards scored 17 runs on 13 hits and stole 14 bases in Game 1 of the series.
Sulphur Springs held the Lovejoy hitters hitless in the 1st inning with a 1-2-3 inning, but the Leopards tied the game with a homerun by Alyssa DiFiore in the 2nd. 6 runs in the 3rd inning gave Lovejoy a little cushion. Mallory Lusby led off the 3rd with a walk followed by JoJo McRae’s slash single in the infield. Celeste Soliz followed suit with a single and Alex Bellows was brought in as the courtesy runner. Leah Taylor hit in Lusby and McRae for 2 RBI’s on a single to left field. Kylee Ramos then hit a rope double to left center scoring Bellows and Taylor for 2 RBI. Ramos and Kallie Killingsworth also scored in the 3rd inning on a bunt by Mackenzie Mitchell that caused a defensive throwing error and allowed both runners to score. The 4th inning was another 6 run scoring inning. Soliz started the inning with a single to left field, and Bellows, once again, went in as the courtesy runner. Taylor put down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Bellows to 2nd base. Emily Weichel followed with a single to left field moving Bellows to 3rd. DiFiore scored Bellows and Weichel on a single to left center. Carlee Schaeffer pinch ran for DiFiore, Ramos was hit by a pitch, and the bunt combination of Killingsworth followed by Mitchell, scored 2 more runs. The Lady Leopards tacked on 2 more runs in the 5th inning on a Sulphur Springs error. The 6th inning was the game ending inning. The Leopards were up 15-7 with Lusby on 3rd, McRae on 2nd, and Bellows on 1st with no outs. Leah Taylor hit a shot to the left center gap to score Lusby and McRae to end the game.
JoJo McRae went 3 for 5 on the night with a double, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and she scored 2 runs. Celeste Soliz went 3 for 5 and Alex Bellows scored 2 runs as the courtesy runner. Leah Taylor went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and scored 2 runs. Emily Weichel went 2 for 4 with a double, 1 stolen base, and scored 2 runs. Alyssa DiFiore went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, 3 RBI, and scored 1 run. Kylee Ramos went 1 for 1 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 4 stolen bases, and scored 2 runs. Kallie Killingsworth walked, reached base on a perfect bunt, and scored 2 runs. Mackenzie Mitchell reached base on a bunt that scored 2 runs and had a perfect sacrifice bunt to earn an RBI. Mallory Lusby got on base all 4 plate appearances and was walked each time. She also had 3 stolen bases and scored 3 runs.
The Lovejoy Lady Leopards put together a true team effort in the win tonight. Mattie Boyd got a win her first game back and the Leopards begin post season play with a 1-0 record.
The Leopards will play Sulphur Springs in Game 2 of the series tomorrow at 7:30pm in Sulphur Springs.