After beating Clinton a second time with a 15-2 final score, the Lady Mavs softball team hosted the Campbell County Lady Cougars on Tuesday, April 13, posting a strong 9-0 win to add to their record.
Makayla Simmons led the team on the mound for six innings, finishing with 14 first-pitch strikes and 12 strikeouts before being relieved by freshman Ashlynn Grisham. It was Grisham’s first varsity pitching experience.
At the plate, Abbie Buswell and Makenzie Henderson led the team with two hits apiece, while Henderson finished with three RBIs. Buswell and Audrey Lankford finished with a single RBI apiece.
Head coach for the team, Allen Russell, said the team didn’t play to its peak — but with how many games the girls have played recently, he was not surprised.
“Obviously, we didn’t play our best, but this is our 13th or 14th game in nine days, so I was expecting this,” he said. “Still, we did what we needed to do. [We] had some good hits, got on base, and some of our runners stole. You want to run-rule them, but it is what it is. We got everybody in the game, which was great. Our freshman, Ashlynn, came in and got her first varsity pitching experience right there at the end and struck a girl out. I really couldn’t be happier.
“Makayla Simmons had 11 strikeouts, and if she’s not pitching the way she is, we’re more limited, but she was throwing so good that I wasn’t even worried about our offense too much. We played good defense, good team ball, and did what we needed to. Like I said, I couldn’t be happier.”