Lumpkin softball extends win streak to four games

  • Haley Voyles smacks a bases-clearing, three-run double to help Lumpkin take a 3-0 first inning lead over the Lady Bears. Voyles went 3-for-5 during the game with four RBIs.
    Haley Voyles smacks a bases-clearing, three-run double to help Lumpkin take a 3-0 first inning lead over the Lady Bears. Voyles went 3-for-5 during the game with four RBIs.
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The LCHS varsity softball team earned three Region 7-AAA victories versus Cherokee Bluff, North Hall and Fannin County last week to put the Lady Indians in sole possession of second place in the region standings.
The three region wins put the Lady Indians in the midst of a four-game winning streak and improved the team’s overall record to 9-5 and its region record to 5-1. Lumpkin currently sits behind only East Hall (5-1) in the Region 7-AAA standings.
The Lady Indians flexed their muscles at the plate and received stellar performances from it pitching staff during the team’s three region games last week.
The Lady Indians began the week by hosting the Cherokee Bluff Lady Bears at the LCHS softball field on Monday, August 26.
LCHS ace Natalie Robinson pitched a gem of a game against Cherokee Bluff to earn the victory, allowing three runs on eight hits in her six innings of work on the mound. Robinson showcased solid command of her pitches throughout the game, throwing 20 first pitch strikes and striking out four. Robinson also jacked a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to help the Lady Indians earn an 11-3 run-rule victory over Cherokee Bluff.
The Lady Indians jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Haley Voyles stepped into the box with the bases loaded and two outs and smacked a bases-clearing double. Voyles’ timely hit gave Lumpkin a 3-0 advantage.
The Lady Indians added another run to the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Evee Dornhecker connected for a RBI double to the gap in left center. Dornhecker’s run-scoring hit extended Lumpkin’s advantage to 4-0. The Lady Indians upped the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third off a RBI single up the middle off the bat of Anna Kate Wilson.
The score remained the same until the top of the fifth.
The Lady Bears tried to mount a comeback rally and cut Lumpkin’s lead to 5-3 with a RBI single to left, a run scored on a wild pitch and a RBI single to center in the inning.
However, the Lady Indians put the Lady Bears away and sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth.
Robinson led the inning off with a solo shot over the fence in left field to give the Lady Indians a 6-3 lead. After Robinson’s blast, Natalie Shubert was hit by a pitch and Emmie Graham earned a walk to give Lumpkin runners at first and second. Voyles followed with her second big hit of the game, knocking in Shubert and moving Graham to third with a RBI double to the gap in left center. Voyles’ RBI hit extended the lead to 7-3. Hannah Pulley kept things rolling with a RBI infield single to the shortstop that plated Graham and moved Voyles to third.
After a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alyssa Pulley for the first out of the inning, Kelsey Marshall drew a walk to load the bases for Dornhecker. Dornhecker delivered with a two-run double to put the Lady Indians up 10-3. The game ended when Lauren English belted a walk off, RBI double to left field, giving the Lady Indians an 11-3 run-rule victory.
The win improved Lumpkin’s overall record to 7-5 and its region record to 3-1.
The Lady Indians’ offense went on a complete tear in the team’s next two games, scoring 14 runs against North Hall and 12 runs against Fannin County, to pick up a 14-0 win over the Lady Trojans and a 12-2 victory against the Lady Rebels.
The two wins extended the Lady Indians’ winning streak to four in a row and improved their overall record to 9-5 and their region record to 5-1.
The successful week on the diamond allowed Lumpkin to take sole possession of second place in the region standings.
The LCHS varsity softball team will look to keep its winning streak going when the Lady Indians travel to Union County to take on the Lady Panthers in a non-conference matchup today, Sept. 4. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.