Lady Pointers get offense going
SOUTH PONT — That clicking sound coach Steve Baise is hearing is the ignition switch.
The South Point Lady Pointers got their offense clicking with 17 hits en route to an 11-7 win over the Wellston Lady Golden Rockets Tuesday.
“We’re starting to click. All the girls hit. We got our bats going. We came out and stroked the ball. I think we surprised them,” said Baise.
Besides the offense, Hannah Huron pitched four strong innings of relief to get the win. She struck out six and did not allow a hit or a walk.
Wellston (11-2) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Amber Lambert walked and Breanna Hall drilled a two-run homer to centerfield.
South Point answered with seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
With one out, Emily Mannon singled, moved up on a passed ball and Huron singled. Huron stole second and Tausha Collins singled in a run.
Ashley Kleinman lined a base hit to drive in a run and put runners on the corners. Kleinman stole second and Sashe Burcham singled in a run. Caymie Collier walked and Amy Lien singled in a run.
Ericka Leighty followed with a triple to empty the bases.
The Lady Rockets scored three runs in the second inning to get within 7-5.
Holly Waldron singled, moved up on a passed ball, took third on Paige Patterson’s base hit, and scored on a passed ball. Ciara Thompson’s ground out scored a run.
Wellston tied the game in the third inning.
With one out, Amber King and Waldron singled, moved up on a passed ball, and Patterson reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Chelsey Folden and Thompson each hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in runs.
The Lady Pointers scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-7 lead.
Collier reached on an error, Lien singled, and Leighty doubled home both runners. Leighty stole third and Mannon hit a sacrifice fly.
South Point added a run in the sixth when Ashley Smith, Burcham and Collier all singled.
South Point (5-4) hosts Rock Hill Wednesday.
Erin Sturgill and Breanna Hall. Sashe Burcham,
Hannah Huron (4) and Ashley Kleinman. W-Huron (6-K, 0-BB, 0-H). L-Sturgill (2-K, 1-BB). 2B-Wellston: Lambert; South Point: Ericka Leighty 2. 3B-South Point: Leighty. HR-Wellston Hall. Hitting-Wellston: Amber Lambert 1-2, Hall 1-2, Erin Sturgill 1-3, Amber King 1-3, Holly Waldron 2-3, Paige Patterson 1-3; South Point: Ashley Kleinman 2-4, Sashe Burcham 3-4, Amy Lien 2-4, Tausha Collins 3-4, Hannah Huron 2-3, Ericka Leighty 3-4.