Lady Jackets romp to county sweep
Lee County and Southern Lee combined for another successful fundraiser and memorial for former Lady Jacket student and athlete Priscilla Anne Edwards Saturday at Lee County's softball field.
The JV and varsity doubleheader, plus fundraising events before Saturday and lots of raffles, concessions and t-shirts sold at the ballfield, all went to the Priscilla Anne Edwards Scholarship Endowment. A large crowd of Yellow Jacket and Cavalier fans turned out in support and to enjoy the bright spring day following Friday night's storms.
As far as the result on the field, Lee County scored runs in all four of its innings and the Lady Jackets cruised to a 16-0 victory and a season sweep over the Lady Cavaliers.
Morgan Pedley handled the pitching for the Lady Jackets, firing a one-hitter, and gave herself all the offense she'd need shortly into the Lee County first.
Megan Santell walked to start the Jacket first and Nikki Hoover singled with one out.
Pedley, in the clean-up spot, cleaned up in a hurry. She hooked a line drive to left and banged it off the scoreboard just over the high fence for a three-run homer.
Savannah Patterson's double, which nearly left the yard to left-center field, was good for an RBI and a 4-0 Jacket lead through one frame.
Anna Spivey, in the second spot of the Southern Lee order, was the only Cavalier to figure out Pedley. Spivey singled in the first and walked to start the Cavalier fourth.
Besides facing Spivey, Pedley turned in five strikeouts and plenty of grounders which the Jacket infield scooped up.
Doubles by Santell and Chandler Patterson led to two more Lady Jacket runs in the second.
Lee County sent 13 hitters up, with seven coming around to score, in the third. Savannah Patterson singled to start the inning, then coming up again with the bases loaded, drove in two runs with a double to finish a 3-for-3 game at the plate.
Santell and Hoover tallied three runs each. Pedley and Savannah Patterson had three RBI. Allie Eyers knocked in two RBI.
Prior to the game, Edwards family members, friends and former softball coaches were recognized. The scholarships from the endowment are awarded to senior female student-athletes from Lee County and Southern Lee each year.
Lee County gets back into Tri-Nine action Tuesday evening at Panther Creek while Southern Lee will travel for a Cape Fear Valley game at Douglas Byrd Tuesday evening.