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Lady Panthers use big offense to stay unbeaten

That defensive struggle took a turn in the opposite direction.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers and Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers combined for 12 runs and 25 hits in a battle of unbeatens Friday.

But the Lady Panthers used the clutch pitching of Allison Chapman to come away with an 8-4 win.

Although Chapman gave up 13 hits, she struck out 12 and did not walk a batter.

Myky Harmon slammed a home run for the second straight game and Sarah Mayo slugged two doubles to pace the Lady Panthers (3-0).

Mayo, Sidney Boyle and Casey Kirk were 2-for-3, Harmon was 2-4 and Chapman 2-5.

Ironton (3-1) was led by Alex Taylor who went 2-4 with a home run. Janie Morris and Rebekkah Potter were 2-4 with triples and Emily Lilly also went 2-4.

Chesapeake took a 4-0 lead before Ironton cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning.

But the Lady Panthers got the two runs back in the fourth to lead 6-2.

Chesapeake 103 201 1 = 8 12 1

Ironton 002 000 2 = 4 13 1

Allison Chapman and Courtney Heffner. Karlie Collins, Kylie Summer (5) and Emily Lilly. W-Chapman (12-K, 0-BB). L-Collins (4-K, 3-BB, 1-HBP). Summers 2-K, 0-BB. 2B-Chesapeake: Sarah Mayo 2, Sidney Boyle. 3B-Ironton: Janie Morris, Rebekkah Potter. HR-Chesapeake: Myky Harmon; Ironton: Alex Taylor. Hitting-Chesapeake: Allison Chapman 2-5, Casey Kirk 2-3, Sarah Mayo 2-3, Sidney Boyle 2-3, Myky Harmon 2-4, Caitlin Heffner 1-3, Taylor Riggs 1-1; Ironton: Taylor Lilly 1-4, Alex Taylor 2-4, Rebekkah Potter 2-4, Emily Lilly 2-4, Janie Morris 2-4, Karlie Collins 1-2, Kylie Summers 1-2, Andi Kratzenberg 1-3, Karlee McMackin 1-2.