By Troy Treasure
Ava Williams’ two-run single spurred a three-run North Shelby third inning as the Lady Raiders shutout home-standing South Shelby 6-0 Thursday, Oct. 1.
Natalie Thrasher finished 3 of 4, including a sixth-inning RBI double. Marissa McEwen, Hannah Wahl and Williams each had two hits for 10-2 North Shelby.
The Lady Raiders finished with 14 hits; all nine starters with at least one.
In the circle, Thrasher scattered eight hits with six strikeouts and zero walks. She induced eight ground-ball outs.
Three of the Lady Birds’ hits were doubles from Summer Hunolt, Kamryn Mitchell and Zoe Elliott; Mitchell’s and Elliott’s of lead-off vintage. Unfortunately for South Shelby, it could not translate those extra-base hits into runs. Three other SS inning-opening batters singled.
South Shelby (3-12) started strong in the first inning.
Lead-off batter Miranda Patterson ripped a single to right field. She was thrown out on a steal attempt of second by McEwen. Hunolt and Elliott added single base hits, but stranded on the paths.
In the top of the second, Meg Shively opened with a single to left off Elliott. Wahl’s bunt single advanced her to second. Shively scored on a South Shelby error. Elliott got out of a jam with a strikeout, pop out and foul-out. The Lady Raiders stranded two.
Leading 1-0 entering the third, Thrasher and Caroline Linberger notched consecutive singles to center field. Williams followed with her two-run rip to right. She scored on a Lady Birds’ throwing error.
NS added single tallies in the sixth and seventh innings.
Thrasher’s double drove home Lilly Cook. Williams scored the final run due to a SS error.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Raiders suffered a 4-3 home loss to Schuyler County (5-12) on Sept. 28.
North Shelby’s scheduled action in the La Plata Tournament Oct. 3 was rained out. Tentative plans are for the tournament to be played Saturday.