Lady Generals win area titlePublished 10:47am Monday, May 5, 2014
One championship down, another one to go – at least, that’s what the Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals are planning for.
The Lady Generals shook off a 1-0 nine-inning loss to Randolph County in the tournament opener to decisively drop the Lady Tigers 11-0 and 7-2 to claim the Class 2A-Area 7 championship.
“Our girls played well,” HBHS softball coach Kim Vickers said. “Our defense was solid, and now we’re on to Troy.”
In the loss, K-Rae Blasingame struck out 12 hitters, but the Lady Tigers’ lone run came on an outfield error which allowed a previously walked batter to score.
“We couldn’t do anything in that game,” Vickers said. “Everything we hit, it went right to their shortstop, who is their best player. She was like a vacuum cleaner out there.”
In game two, the Lady Generals victimized the Lafayette Lady Bulldogs, as Erin Vickers threw a no-hitter, striking out six in a 15-0 victory that only lasted three innings.
This set up a rematch with Randolph County. The Lady Generals dominated the Lady Tigers in round two of their clash as Blasingame allowed two hits and struck out eight.
At the plate, Sydney Meadows led the way, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Rachel Hall and E. Vickers each had two hits – Vickers’ hits were a double and a triple – and both players scored two runs.
Allison Jones went 3-for-4, and Rebecca Norrell was 2-for-4.
In the area championship, HBHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
From that point, Blasingame and the Lady Generals’ defense kept the clamps on the Randolph County bats.
The lead grew to 6-0 before RCHS showed some life.
In the sixth inning, HBHS added a run for insurance.
Blasingame got the win, striking out seven and allowing two hits. Both RCHS runs were unearned.
She also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Meadows was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Taylor Walton went 2-for-5. Rachel Hall and Alana Story each went 2-for-4, and Norrell and E. Vickers each went 1-for-4.