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Lady Hounds stay on fast track

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Sports Editor

The train just keeps on rolling for the Salem Lady Greyhounds.

A day after earning their second consecutive 2AA-North Conference title with a win over Sloan-Hendrix, the Lady Hounds traveled to Highland April 15 for a round-robin twin-bill with the Lady Rebels and Evening Shade Lady Tigers.

At the end of the day, the Lady Greyhounds had notched two more wins, an 18-2 pasting of the Lady Tigers, and a 4-2 victory over host Highland.

The theme of the game against Evening Shade was "Ball in the dirt, swipe home."

Eight Lady Greyhound runs in the game came via steals of home plate, including four consecutive crossings in the first inning alone.

Evening Shade struck for a run in the top of the first on an RBI-single from Christy Johnson that plated Kristin Brandon, giving the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.

This lead proved to be short-lived, however, as the Lady Greyhounds grabbed complete control by posting nine runs in the home-half of the first.

Carrie Johnson slapped a hit into play for Salem that was misplayed, bringing in the Lady Hounds' first two runs of the afternoon.

Johnson later stole home, opening the floodgates for the Lady Greyhounds.

Salem's next four runs were scored in this manner, before Johnson, up for the second time in the frame, planted a double into the outfield that brought the Lady Hounds' last run of the inning home, staking them to a fast 9-1 advantage.

Julia McBride, on the mound for Salem, retired the Lady Tigers without incident in the top of the second, before Salem's offense continued to pour it on in the bottom of the frame, racking up nine more runs.

McBride earned the win, allowing three hits, three walks and recording two strikeouts.

Putting the wheels in motion, Tori Watkins reached first on a throwing error, allowing Lairen Hall to scamper home on the play.

Bailey Wagner brought Watkins in with an infield hit, before she later got in on the act by coming home on a wild pitch.

Andrea Romine logged Salem's next RBI, and then she, along with Brett Hall, stole home just inches apart from each other.

Wrapping up Salem's second big inning, Lairen Hall and Watkins posted an RBI apiece, but fittingly, Salem's last run of the contest came via a steal of home by Hall.

The Lady Tigers did manage one additional run in the top of the third.

Stephanie Johnson led off the inning with a walk, and Amber Johnson drove a hit to left field, setting up Meghan Long.

Long responded with a rip to left that scored Johnson.

Despite getting on the board for the second time in the game, the Lady Tigers ended the contest in a 16-run deficit.

The Lady Greyhounds finished their afternoon stay in Sharp County with a 4-2 win over Highland.

Up by that score in the bottom of the fifth, Salem's Cassi Hickinbotham, on in relief of starter Lairen Hall, got out of a bases loaded jam to give the Lady Greyhounds the win.

Hickinbotham finished the game with five strikeouts in four innings of work.

Carrie Johnson slammed a two-bagger down the first base line in the top of the first off Highland starter Megan Scribner, bringing Andrea Romine in to give Salem a 1-0 lead.

Scribner took the loss for Highland, giving up two hits, while walking seven and fanning four Lady Hounds.

The Lady Rebels responded by notching a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-single from Courtney Sublett.

Lairen Hall was responsible for Salem's first run in the visitors' half of the second, as she motored home on a passed ball at the plate.

A fielder's choice from Bailey Wagner scored Tori Watkins to break the 1-all tie, boosting Salem to a two-run lead.

The Lady Greyhounds rang up yet another steal of home, this one by Watkins in the top of the third, moving Salem in front 4-1.

Sublett recorded her second RBI of the game in the home-half of the fourth, but this proved to be Highland's last score, as they dropped a two-run decision to Salem.

Johnson paced the Lady Hounds with a double and run-batted-in against the Lady Rebels, with Watkins registering a hit, and Wagner an RBI.

Sublett led Highland with two ribbies on a hit, while Kristin Young and Megan Scribner had two hits each. Angie Nicholson posted a hit for the Lady Rebs.

With a 7-4 victory over the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz April 13, the Lady Hounds improve their record to 8-1 in 2AA-North play.

Hickinbotham befuddled the Lady Bearkatz by striking out 13, while walking two and allowing five hits for the win.

Tabitha Hall made sure Salem got off to a quick start by ripping a two-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning, part of three Lady Hound runs in the frame.

Salem also struck for three more runs in the fifth, and one in the sixth.

Carrie Johnson had a productive pair of games for Salem April 12 as the Lady Greyhounds swept a twin-bill from the visiting Mammoth Spring Lady Bears, 11-0 in game one, and 13-3 in game two.

Johnson went two-for-three at the plate with three RBIs in game one, and in the nightcap she had a pair of ribbies on two hits.

Hickinbotham logged the wins on the mound for the Lady Hounds, holding Mammoth Spring to just four hits on the afternoon, while fanning 11 Lady Bears.



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