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Big 16-run second inning ends Lady Pointers’ hopes

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

CHILLICOTHE — They say one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch.

What if the apple is rotten?

That’s the way it seemed to South Point as a 16-run second inning sent the Alexander Lady Spartans to a 19-4 five-inning win over the Lady Pointers Friday in the Division III district semifinals.

The Lady Pointers (13-7) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. Sylvia Griffith scored on a wild pitch and Andi Kleinman came home on a throwing error by the catcher.

But the optimism didn’t last long as Alexander scored 16 runs in the bottom of the inning on 11 hits, a walk, a hit batsman and three errors.

The first 14 batters in the inning reached safely and 19 hitters came to the plate. Kendall Meeks capped the offensive explosion with a three-run homer to left field.

Makina Milum was 2-for-3 in the inning as the Lady Spartans scored 14 earned runs.

South Point was guilty of six errors.

South Point had five hits by five different players. Abbey Winkler and Kleinman was 1-2, Kaitlyn Brown 1-1, and Haley Rawlins and Griffith 1-3.

Meeks — who was the winning pitcher — went 2-3 with six runs batted in including five in the second inning. MJ Daugherty, Hannah Mowery and Milum all had two hits each for Alexander (18-5).

South Point 022 00 = 4 5 6

Alexander 0(16)0 3x = 19 13 2

Kaitlyn Brown and Andi Kleinman. Kendall Meeks and Hannah Howery. W-Meeks. L-Brown. Hitting-SP: Abbey Winkler 1-2, Haley Rawlins 1-3, Sylvia Griffith 1-3, Andi Kleinman 1-2, Kaitlyn Brown 1-1 rbi; Alexander: Kendall Meeks 2-3 rbi-6, MJ Daugherty 2-4, Hannah Mowery 2-4, Makina Milum 2-4. HR-Alexander: Kendall Meeks.