The Upson-Lee Lady Knights are started the “meat” of their schedule this week. After disposing of Howard last week in their first Region 2 game of the season, The Lady Knights have three games this week, with two games being region showdowns.
On Monday the Lady Knights started their week off with an 11-0 drubbing over Griffin, as Chelsea Wainwright, Brianna Hendricks, and Kaylee Ellington combined to pitch a one hit shutout. However, on Tuesday the Lady Knights traveled to Houston County to take on the No. 7 state ranked Lady Panthers from Perry High School in a Region 2 contest. Upson-Lee struggled offensively, mustering just two hits in a 9-1 loss. Finally, on Thursday, Upson-Lee hosted their first region game of the season, when the Lady Bulldogs from Mary Persons trvaled to T-Town. The results of that game were not available by press time.
“The Griffin game was an opportunity to sharpen our focus on the little things,” said Lady Knights head coach Stephen Hammock. “There’s a tendency to look at an 11-0 win with selective memory. However, we used it to look at situational approaches and execution, and questioned whether it would have been good enough with the game on the line or under different circumstances. It was a good day to be a Knight.”
The Lady Knights tallied three runs in the top of the first inning against the Lady Bears. Mary Masdon McCrary and Rachel Bridges each drew walks in the inning, and would come home to score on wild pitches. After Chelsea Wainwright drove home Hannah Watson with a RBI triple, the Lady Knights had a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning Montana Schug added two more runs on the board, scoring Mary Masdon McCrary and Rachel Bridges with a two-RBI single. McCrary reached base earlier in the inning by drawing a walk, and Bridges reached on a Griffin fielding error.
With a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Upson-Lee exploded for six runs on five hits, 2 fielding errors, a walk, and fielder’s choice.
Watson and Bethany Smith each belted singles, followed by a pair of two runs singles from freshmen Olivia Lindsey and Sarah Mast. Schug added a base hit in the inning, as the Lady Knights cruised to an 11-0 victory.
Montana Schug led the Lady Knights with two hits, and two RBI. Sarah Mast and Olivia Lindsey each drove home two runs with a base hit, while Chelsea Wainwright and Hannah Watson each finished with a hit, run scored, and RBI. Bethany Smith chipped in with a single in the victory.
Sitting at 1-0 in Region 2 play, the Lady Knights looked to get a second region victory over the No. 7 state ranked Lady Panther from Perry High School.
Perry showed why they are state-ranked, limiting the Lady Knights to just one run on two hits. The Lady Knights scored their only run of the game in the first inning, as Hannah Watson drove home Rachel Bridges with a sacrifice bunt. Bridges and Chelsea Wainwright tallied the only two hits of the game for Upson-Lee.
Briana Hendricks started the game for the Lady Knights, pitching 1.2 innings, while giving up six runs (three earned), on four hits, and allowing three wlaks. Wainwright came in to pitch in releif, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, while allowing a home run.
“Perry was a tough loss for us,” said Hammock. “They really hit the ball well, and played good defense on the other side of the inning. Their pitcher filled up the zone with strikes. We had some walks early which turned into RBI’s when hits came. Offensively, we just didn’t execute and at times had poor approaches. There was a couple of innings where we had a window to put some pressure on, and just didn’t get the execution we needed.”