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Bowman’s perfect game highlights Lady Panthers sweep of Trojans

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PORTSMOUTH — Mr. Perfect is a famous wrestler. Ms. Perfect isn’t so famous, but she’s trying.
Erika Bowman pitched a five-inning perfect game on Wednesday as the Chesapeake Lady Panthers blanked the Portsmouth Lady Trojans 8-0 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Chesapeake also won the second game 5-3 as Brooke Webb tossed a six-hitter.
Bowman struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced in pitching her perfect game.
“She throws the ball pretty well. She was putting the ball where she wanted and throwing strikes,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice.
Chesapeake (6-3, 5-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first when Ashley Tackett and Katy Spears singled, Webb hit a sacrifice fly and Ryleigh Swan singled for a run.
The lead went to 4-0 in the third.
Webb was safe on an error, stole second and Swan singled to put runners on the corners. Swan stole second and Lyric Bair had a two-run double.
The Lady Panthers got for more runs in the fourth.
Tackett, Spears, Swan and Storms all singled for two runs and Bowman was safe on an error as two more runs scored.
Swan went 3-3 with four runs batted in while Spears and Storms were 2-3.
In the second game, Webb struck out five and walked two in getting the win. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Chesapeake had seven hits with Bair going 2-2 with a double.
The Lady Panthers got two runs in the first.
Spears and Webb singled and Ryleigh Swan reached on an error for a run. Bair singled in the second run.
Portsmouth got a run back in the bottom of the inning but the Lady Panthers answered with a run in the second.
Alexis Kerns reached on an error, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Tackett.
The lead went to 4-1 in the third as Webb singled, Storms walked and Bair doubled in the run.
Chesapeake added an insurance run in the fourth when Spears walked, Webb singled and Swan reached on an error.
Chesapeake hosts Rock Hill on Friday.
First Game
Portsmouth    000    00    =    0    0    3
Chesapeake    202    4x    =    8    9    0
Kylee Montgomery and Jacqueline Bautista. Erika Bowman and Katy Spears. W-Bowman (K-12, BB-0). L-Montgomery (K-7, BB-1). Hitting-Chesapeake: Ashley Tackett 1-3, Katy Spears 2-3, Ryleigh Swan 3-3 4-rbi, Jordan Storms 2-3, Lyric Bair 1-2 2B 2-rbi.
Second Game
Chesapeake    211    10    =    5    7    2
Portsmouth    100    02    =    3    6    3
Brooke Webb and Katy Spears. Kylee Montgomery and Jacqueline Bautista. W-Webb (K-5, BB-2). L-Montgomery (K4, BB-3). Hitting-Chesy: Ashley Tackett 1-3, Katy Spears 1-2, Brooke Webb 3-3, Lyric Bair 2-2 2B; Ports: Shaya Kidder 1-2 2B, Jacqueline Bautista 1-3, Morgan Reedy 2-3, Taylor Mullins 1-2 2B, Reagan Grooms 1-2.