Lady Generals walk all over Lafayette, 15-0Published 2:40pm Friday, March 28, 2014
It was a walk in the park – literally – for the Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals against Lafayette.
HBHS drew 10 walks on its way to a 15-0, three-inning victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Horseshoe Bend softball coach Kim Vickers said she was apprehensive about what would happen to the Lady Generals’ offense following the Lady Tiger Classic in Anniston last weekend.
If the Class 2A No. 10’s abbreviated victory over Lafayette was any indication, Vickers has no reason to be worried.
“I was more concerned with our hitting getting messed up,” she said. “The girls had done so well against the bigger schools we played.”
Admittedly, Vickers said, the relative youth of the Lafayette program – this is the first time in three seasons LHS has fielded a softball team – made the game a bit easier.
“They weren’t a strong team, and that was one reason for the nature of our win,” she said. “We hit (LHS’ starter), but she wasn’t throwing hard at all. The fact that we had 10 walks shows what kind of pitching we were facing.”
As for the Lady Generals’ hurlers? They were sharp as ever.
K-Rae Blasingame and Erin Vickers combined for a three-inning no-hitter.
Blasingame struck out the side in the first inning, and E. Vickers picked up six strikeouts of her own. She allowed two base runners via walks.
At the plate, Rebecca Norrell had an inside-the-park home run.
As the Lady Generals have won five of their last six, Vickers said she hopes the team can keep the momentum going.
“We’ve got the rest of the week to lay off of it. My only hope now is that we aren’t peaking too soon,” Vickers said. “The girls have played solidly but had some trouble putting the bat on the ball, which they seem to be doing now. I want the girls peaking near the end of April and the first week in May. There’s a lot of ball left to be played, but we’re doing well now.”
HBHS returns to action on April 1 when the Lady Generals head to Central High School of Coosa County to play the Lady Cougars.
Game time is set for 1 p.m.