Lady Pointers clinch OVC title
COAL GROVE — The South Point Lady Pointers finished what they started.
After starting the season with a goal to win the Ohio Valley Conference softball title, the Lady Pointers did just that as they blanked the Coal Grove Lady Hornets 21-0 on Friday.
South Point is now 18-3 on the season and finishes the OVC at 9-1. It was the Lady Pointers first league title since 2005.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls,” said first-year Lady Pointers’ coach Tanner Heaberlin. “Before the season we talked in length about our goals for the season and number one was winning the OVC.
“They all gave me the effort needed to win every game this season and we went two seniors — Bri Whaley and Aerial Boggs — out as champions. Each girl on the team contributed in some way this season and they never once game up in any game.”
South Point virtually settle the outcome in the first inning with an eight-run rally.
Abbey Winkler singled and Haley Rawlins had an RBI double. Sylvia Griffith walked, Andi Kleinman was hit by a pitch and Halie Powell had a two-run double.
Hannah Carey reach on an error for a run, Kaitlyn Brown walked and Bonnie Hileman was safe on an error as another run scored. Winkler walked to force in a run, Whaley hit a sacrifice fly and Rawlins singled in a run.
The Lady Pointers got five more runs in the third inning to make it 13-0.
Whaley singled and Rawlins homered to start the uprising. Griffith doubled, Kleinman singled and Powell had a tw0-run double. Carey singled in a run and the final run scored after a passed ball and a wild pitch.
South Point put another five spot on the board in the fourth.
Whaley was hit by a pitch, Rawlins walked and Boggs had an RBI single. Jessika Majher and Shelby Chinn each reached on errors as two more runs scored and Powell and pinch-runner Emilee Powell scored on a wild pitch.
The final three runs scored in the top of the fifth inning.
Whaley, Rawlins and Emilee Powell walked to load the bases and Majher had a two-run single. Chinn was hit by a pitch and Lexi Smith singled home the final run.
Rawlins was 3-3 with four runs batted in as South Point had 14 hits. Halie Powell was 2-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Carey 2-3 with two RBI. The Lady Pointers had 10 different players get a hit.
South Point 805 53 = 21 14 0
Coal Grove 000 00 = 0 3 4
Kaitlyn Brown and Andi Kleinman. Brooke Blakeman and Kaitlynn Murphy. W-Brown (K-5). L-Blakeman (K-2). 2B-SP: Haley Rawlins, Sylvia Griffith, Halie Powell 2; CG: Rachael Webb. HR-SP: Haley Rawlins. Hitting-SP: Abbey Winkler 1-2 rbi, Bri Whaley 1-2 rbi, Haley Rawlins 3-3 rbi-4, Sylvia Griffith 1-2, Andi Kleinman 1-2, Halie Powell 2-3 rbi-3, Hannah Carey 2-3 rbi-2, Aerial Boggs 1-2 rbi, Jessika Majher 1-2 rbi-2, Lexi Smith 1-2 rbi; CG: Deanna Bentley 1-2, Shelby Haynes 1-2, Rachael Webb 1-2.