Lady Titans staying in NWC softball hunt

The Lady Titans' Nicole Gallion takes a level swing during a recent home game. Josh Davis/

The McDowell Lady Titans varsity softball team continues to keep pace in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference race, even though they played just one game this past week. 

After having Monday’s game at Saint Stephens postponed due to weather, the Lady Titans moved on and went to work beating the Freedom Lady Patriots 11-4 Tuesday evening. 

McDowell (7-5 overall, 6-1 NWC) extended its current winning streak to six games and continued to remain a game behind conference leader South Caldwell.

The Lady Titans jumped on Freedom early, scoring four first-inning runs, two more in the second, a single run in the third and four more in the fourth to take a commanding 11-0 lead. 

McDowell had a chance to end the game via the 10-run rule, however the Lady Patriots scored a pair in the fifth and sixth innings forcing the contest to go the full regulation.

In the five run first, 10 Lady Titans came to the plate. The first four all reached with hits. Dezi Williams, Kirsten Melvin and Candace Cooper all singled. Emma Banks then doubled in a pair to put McDowell in front 2-0. The rest of the frame featured a double by Jaden Shuford and a hit by Laynie Hudgins to make it 4-0. Hudgins added to her day by blasting a three-run home run in the fourth. 

McDowell finished the contest with 10 hits. Hudgins, Williams, Shuford and Banks had two hits apiece. Melvin and Cooper recorded one hit each. 

Cooper tossed four scoreless innings to record the win, allowing two hits and striking out four batters. 

Freedom in the fifth scored its runs without the benefit of a hit. Sarah Armentrout reached on an error against McDowell freshman Hayley Lawing. Then, after Lawing struck out the next two batters, Brandi Buchanan walked. Then, Jade Lipsey reached on the second infield error of the inning putting the Lady Patriots on the board. 

McDowell will be on the road Tuesday at South Caldwell in a huge conference battle. The Lady Titans’ only league loss was a 7-3 defeat to the Spartans March 7 at MHS. South Caldwell is 7-0 in conference play and 8-2 overall.





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