Lady Dawgs have competitive week in Myrtle Beach, SC; win 2 of 5 games played…
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Coach Kenny Horn’s Lady Dawgs headed south last weekend to Myrtle Beach, South Carlina as his squad added two more wins to the column the week before the Bulldogs made a long journey by defeating Russell 6-4 and Class AAA Huntington High from West Virginia 8-1.
The Lady Dawgs played five straight games in a row while on spring break in Myrtle Beach to play in the Grand Stand Softball Classic and tangled with some tough competition as LC won only 2 of 5 games played.
“Over all it was a good week, we played some really good teams and won a couple, said coach Horn. “I found out that we are not early birds, both of the games we had at 8 a.m. game time, we didn’t look too good. I want to thank all the parents that made the long trip to Myrtle Beach. It was a good week and we had more fans than any team there.”
Monday April 1st (Game 1)
LC had a tough start to the week falling to Ellet High School out of Akron, Ohio 12-2 in 5 innings.
“It was a 8 .am. start that was started in the rain and had a three hour rain delay. The playing conditions wasn’t much and hard to hang on to the ball. It was the same for both teams, but we just seemed outmatched,” coach Horn said.
Tuesday April 2nd (Game 2)
The Dawgs got the bats on the ball against an Oak Hill team from West Virginia on Tuesday afternoon pounding out 15 hits in a shortened 5 inning game for a 16-1 win. Senior Kristin Caudill went 2-3 from the plate and launching a homerun as junior teammate Samantha Fitzpatrick went 3-4 with 2 doubles.
Fitzpatrick also picked up the win from the circle with 5 strikeouts and gave up only 2 hits. The defense stepped up for Fitzpatrick as they allowed only 1 run in the game. Other players that swung the bat well from the plate on the day were freshman Addy Frazier 2-4, sophomore Savannah Cyrus 2-4, freshman Ally Marcum 2-4, senior Tosh Rose 2-3, sophomore Hali Young 1-2, & freshman Mckenzie Giompalo 1-2.
Wednesday April 3rd (Game 3)
Samantha Fitzpatrick picked up back-to-back wins from the circle while striking out 3 batters, walking one, & giving up just 3 hits on Wednesday as the Dawgs tangled with a Baldwinsville team out of New York and came away with a 6-1 win. LC’s defense went errorless in the game as New York earned the only run that crossed the plate in the loss. Addy Frazier picked up another 2 hit performance going 2-4, as Kristin Caudill went 3-3, junior Michaelea Horn was 2-3, & Tosh Rose finished 1-2 from the plate.
Thursday April 4th (Game 4)
LC went up against their second team from West Virginia as the Scott Skyhawks from Class AA handed the Bulldogs their second loss on their road trip, 4-2. The Skyhawks allowed only 5 hits to LC as Caudill, Fitzpatrick, 8th grader Haleigh Peck, Horn, & Marcum each connected for singles in the loss.
“The week started out a little slow, we never did play well in early games for some reason. I need to do a better job getting them ready,” Horn said. “The rainy weather didn’t help our cause much as we were plagued with errors and didn’t swing the bats at all. Akron had a nice team, our effort was much better in the second game of the week with our pitching and hitting. Caudill had a nice homerun to put the final nail in the Oak Hill squad. Ally Marcum was a big help playing a flawless effort behind the plate. The entire team was swinging the bats really well,” said coach Horn.
“The Baldwinsville game was a really good effort as it was the best I’ve seen Fitzpatrick from the circle. She hit all her spots and did a very good job controlling a very good team from the Syracuse area of New York. Tosh Rose, Michaelea Horn, & Addy Frazier all had good games at the plate. This was our best effort of the season, as for the defense….it was perfect and this was on of the best squads we’ve seen this season. The fourth game of the week was our second game of the day as we started out slow. By the time we got things going we were down 2-0 and needed a big hit to score some runs. Eighth grader Haleigh Peck stepped up and drove in the first run of the game for us. I was so happy to see Haleigh have a big hit. We got even at 2-2 but Scott, WV scored 2 more runs in the 3rd as we never had a chance again before the game was called due to a time limit,” said coach Horn.
Friday April 5th (Game 5)
On LC’s final day in South Carolina, another team from West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd, handed the Dawgs their 3rd loss in 5 games losing 9-2. Coach Horn’s defense gave up 5 errors in the game as Fitzpatrick was in the circle and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits. Horn would come in to pitch 1 1/3 inning before leaving the game with an injury. Seventh grader Ciana Bowen came in to pitch the last inning.
LC picked up 5 hits as Frazier, Cyrus, Caudill, & Young each hit for a single as Fitzpatrick connected for a triple in the loss.
The Lady Dawgs will be back in action today, April 8th as they continue to stay on the road as they travel to Prestonsburg to take on the Blackcats at 5:30 pm.
Photos by Amy Frazier