Louisa, Ky. — Lawrence Co. Senior Natalie Rice hit a two run blast over the left field fence to lead the Bulldogs to a 9-2 victory over Chesapeake, Ohio ( 8-9 ) on Tuesday night. For Rice it was her first career varsity home run as the Lady Dawgs won their fourth game in a row and improved to 11-8 on the season.
Ciana Bowen went the distance in the circle to pick up the win for the Bulldogs. Bowen had 11 strikeouts and allowed five hits against the Lady Panthers. Bowen also chipped in with three hits.
Halli Caudill, Haleigh Peck, Amber Triplett, and Keyarah Bowen all had one hit. Emily Burke scored two runs, Abby Fletcher, Brittany Shapaka, Kassidy Cavins, Caudill, Bowen, and Triplett all scored runs.
The Lady Dawgs will travel to Boyd Co. on Thursday and East Carter on Friday then host Estill Co. and Rowan Co. on Saturday.
Lawrence Co. Senior Natalie Rice
“…I was really proud of the team as a whole. Our defense showed up to play and we took care of the offensive part of the game. Really proud of all of my teammates. As for the home run, I got up there and just prayed I would hit the ball. I hit the ball (eventual home run) and immediately thought I popped it out. I heard Kenny yell, “Natalie Rice!!!!” And I knew it was out. First varsity dinger and I’m still hype from it.”
Lady Dawgs Head Coach Kenny Horn
“… It was a good win for our girls. Chesapeake kid threw it well and they had some good bats in their line up. We played solid on defense, had 9 hits and Ciana Bowen pitched it well. Really excited to see Natalie Rice turn on one and hit a Bomb to left. It’s always a good feeling to see such a great young lady get rewarded with a massive shot like that. Natalie has been one of our better hitters of late. She has made a big effort to improve in the box and it shows.”