The Richmond Register

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May 17, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Berea downs Jackets, Ingram allows one hit in 11-1 win

LEXINGTON — The Berea Community Lady Pirates picked up a 12-1 six-inning win Thursday over Williamsburg in their final tune-up before next week’s 44th District Tournament.

Sophomore pitcher Jenny Ingram held the Yellowjackets batters in check all game, allowing only one hit, an infield single in the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates jumped on Williamsburg pitcher Marah Crusenberry early.

Freshman Allie Maynard lead off with a bunt single and Ingram reached on an error. Right fielder Nikea Banther brought both runners home with a single to center to put Berea on top 2-0.

The Lady Pirates broke the game open in the third inning, scoring four runs on four hits, the big blow a two-run double by senior Sydney Sandefur, to take a 6-0 lead.

Berea got two more runs in the fifth inning, then put the game away with three in the sixth, two coming home on a double by shortstop Miranda Montgomery.

Berea coach Rick Ingram said he was pleased with the way his young team hit the ball.

“It took us a couple of innings to adjust. I think everybody has a tough time with slow pitching. It’s hard to sit back and wait and adjust to the ball but when we did that we hit the ball hard,” Ingram said.

The Lady Pirates’ defense, which at times this year has struggled, made some outstanding plays behind Ingram that helped her get out of some jams with runners in scoring position.

Ingram said he hoped his team played the same kind of defense in the district tournament.

“We have a young team and we are inconsistent sometimes, but today our defense was good. Hopefully we will be able to carry this over to Monday’s game with Southern in the district,” Ingram said.

The Lady Pirates will take on cross-town rival Madison Southern in the first game of the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Berea College.

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