Rebelettes take easy win over Lady Raiders
By By Austin Bishop/Special to The Star
April 20, 2001
The Rebelettes of Leake Academy mixed in 13 hits with six Lamar School errors to roll to a 13-1 run-rule win at Northeast Park in prep slow-pitch softball on Thursday afternoon.
The win pushed Leake to 17-0 on the year, while Lamar fell to 4-5.
Leake coach Tracy Cumberland said his team wasn't quite as sharp as he would like for them to be, since they've only played two games in two weeks. Lamar coach Gregg Williams said he was dismayed at the mental mistakes his squad made that gave Leake the opportunity to blow the game open.
Leake jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and then added two more runs in the second thanks to RBI singles by Kelly Cumberland and Kristen Chipley.
Lamar got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Kerri Mathis ripped a triple and then scored on Myleia Shirley's triple to right to make it 5-1. Shirley was thrown out at home trying to stretch her hit into a homer.
Shirley led Lamar's five-hit attack with a single and a triple.
The Rebelettes broke the game open in the third with six unearned runs to go up 11-1.
After the first two Leake players were retired, the next two reached on errors, opening the door for the Rebelettes, who used two singles, a double and two more errors to blow the game open.
Leake then scored two more runs in the fifth thanks to a two-run single by Cumberland to make it 13-1.
Cumberland had a double and two singles to lead LA at the plate, while Paige Posey had three singles, Jessica Dickens had a single and double and Mandy Dennis had two singles.
He said his squad was working through some distractions at this point, but said he thought the Rebelettes would be ready for the South State Tournament in a couple of weeks.
Lamar returns to action at home on Monday against Wayne Academy at 4 p.m., while Leake hosts Central Academy on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.