East Montgomery stops Lady Bear league streak
East Montgomery drilled out 17 hits and that added up to plenty of offense in a 9-4 victory, handing Chatham Central its first Yadkin Valley softball loss since May 2, 2012 on Friday evening.
The Lady Eagles (5-3, 3-2) jumped on top with a five-run burst in the second inning. Most of the hits in the second inning, and the rest of the contest, were of the sharp line drive type.
Chatham Central, with some returners, but a lot of new players in new spots from last season's undefeated YVC champs and state semifinal run, didn't get an answer going at the plate until it was too little, too late.
The new Lady Bears, at least in new roles, start at pitcher and catcher. Three Lady Bear pitchers did their best to slow East Montgomery, but the Lady Eagles knocked starter Gracie Brown out during the five-run second. In relief, Jalli Poe allowed a run an inning for three innings and Macy Clark gave up a run and two hits in the last two innings.
The Lady Eagles were dangerous throughout the order but leadoff hitter Carmen Moore followed by Payton Harrell hassled the home team all night, both going 4 for 5 at the plate.
Moore scored three runs and added a two-out RBI double making it 6-0 East Montgomery in the third. Harrell singled four times and had two RBI and a run.
Meghan Johnson pitched a complete game for the Lady Eagles, holding Chatham Central scoreless until the sixth inning.
Catcher Toni Nelson started the Lady Bear sixth launching a high drive over the left field fence making it 8-1 Lady Eagles. Nelson is the first-string catcher this season after playing part of the season there last spring, filling in for four-time all-state Lady Bear Erin Sugg who is now in her freshman season at North Carolina.
The Lady Bears showed more power in the seventh as Nelson doubled in one run followed by Courtney Lytton's two-run double.
Chatham Central (2-2, 2-1) faces another tough league foe in West Montgomery at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chatham Central. The Lady Bears went 3-0 versus the Lady Warriors last year, but two wins were in one-run games.