Lady Bengals roll past Lee County
Often times experience is something gained when it's least wanted. If the adage is true, Lee County's freshman pitchers Savannah Patterson and Morgan Pedley earned lots of experience Tuesday night.
After a 6-3 loss at Fuquay-Varina in the second Lady Jacket game of the season, Lee County fell 17-0 to the Lady Bengals (7-2 Tri-Nine) in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning game.
Patterson, starting in the circle, and the Lady Jackets held the visitors blank for one frame. Fuquay-Varina exploded for seven runs in the second and wound up hitting around its order in the third and fourth innings as well.
Lady Bengal pitchers Heather Ratcliff and Kaitlan Smith combined for a four-inning no-hitter.
The Lady Jackets put runners aboard each time up, with four walks and two hit batters from the Bengal pitchers. In the Jacket first, Nikki Hoover was plunked in the elbow and Allie Eyers walked, only for a Ratcliff strikeout to erase Lee County's chance to take a lead.
With two walks, a Lady Jacket error, a fielder's choice grounder and a pop-up, Fuquay-Varina had only a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second.
Ashlyn Long's single with the bases loaded drove in two Bengals. Kelsey Ward's single made it 4-0 and a double by Ratcliff made it 6-0.
Ward finished 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBI. Logan Bowling went 3-for-3 with three runs and a homer in the Bengal fourth.
Lee County (3-8, 2-6) faces another Tri-Nine game Friday, this one at Middle Creek at 6:30 p.m.
Lee County's home baseball game against Middle Creek, set for Friday night, has been moved up to Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Lee County.