Solid pitching, near perfect defense, and key hitting sealed the deal for the Lady Leopards in their 9-4 win over Royse City on Tuesday evening.
Karsen Patterson handled the pitching from the circle and tag teamed with Hannah Bohnenkamper behind the plate to hold Royse City hitters to 4 runs on 4 hits. The duo have played every inning together thus far and have helped Lovejoy improve to 6-1 for the season.
Avery Archer and Holly Massey had extra base hits for Lovejoy which made up 2 of the 5 hits on the night. Bohnenkamper walked once and scored a run. Archer had a double, 1 RBI, and scored a run. Liliah Garcia walked twice and scored 3 runs. Massey went 2 for 2 with a double, 2 RBI, and scored twice. Patterson walked once and earned 1 RBI. Emma Bittlestone had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Katie Dolberry had 3 putouts at first base. Mia Chase walked once and scored a run. Rachel Hoeffner walked once and scored a run.
Defensively, Lovejoy committed just one error, which is significant improvement from the weekend tournament. Offensively, Lovejoy had 9 runs on 5 hits scoring 3 in the 1st inning, 1 run in the 3rd inning, and 5 runs in the 4th inning.
Lovejoy will travel to Mt. Pleasant on Thursday to play and will begin district play next Tuesday.