Pitching, defense key in Redwomen victory

Published 12:47 am Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jim Walker



PEDRO — The pitching and defense have been a constant element for the Rock Hill Redwomen, and it was working again on Friday.

Sami Nixon pitched a six-hit shutout and the defense did not commit an error as Rock Hill blanked the Coal Grove Lady Hornets 8-0 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“Our bats didn’t hit really well, but our defense was solid again and Sami pitched real well again,” said Rock Hill coach Sam Gue.

“Our girls are battling and doing things as a team and that’s important.”

Rock Hill (7-1, 2-0) got the only run it needed in the first inning when Jenna Lane singled, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Kenzie Harrah’s base hit.

The lead went to 4-0 in the third.

Nixon reached on missed third strike, Brooke Hanshaw singled and both moved up on a passed ball. Brooke Eastham reached on an error as the runners scored.

Eastham came home when Kaci Russell singled.

Rock Hill put the game away with four runs in the sixth.

Russell singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and came home on Lindy Simpson’s ground out.

Anna Darby reached on a missed third strike and Lane tripled her home. Nixon singled home Lane with the final run.

Russell was 3-3 with a run batted in, Lane went 2-3 and Hanshaw 2-4 as Rock Hill collected nine hits.

Brittany Webb was 2-3 for Coal Grove.

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Kelci Grove and Morgan Sites. Sami Nixon and Brooke Eastham. W-Nixon (K-10, BB-0). L-Grove (K-9, BB-2). Hitting-CG: Kaitlyn Murphy 1-3, Deanna Bentley 1-3, Kelci Grove 1-3, Brittany Webb 2-3, Harmon 1-2; RH: Jenna Lane 2-3 rbi, Sami Nixon 1-4 rbi, Brooke Hanshaw 2-4, Kenzie Harrah 1-4 rbi, Kaci Russell 3-3 rbi, Lindy Simpson rbi. 3B-RH: Jenna Lane.