Feisty Fillies win long-ball battle

By JOE CANNON joe.cannon@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/20/17

Going, going, gone!

A trio of batters got their first home runs of the season, two of which were the first of their careers, as six of Wednesday evening’s seven runs came by the long ball at Bob …

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Feisty Fillies win long-ball battle

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Going, going, gone!

A trio of batters got their first home runs of the season, two of which were the first of their careers, as six of Wednesday evening’s seven runs came by the long ball at Bob McKenzie Field.

“I’m proud of Katelyn (Howell) and Ali (King). They have been putting in a lot of extra work on their own outside of practice, and this is the fruits of their labor,” proclaimed Walker Valley coach Lauren Limburg of her two home run hitters after the 5-2 District 5-AAA win over host Bradley Central.

The Bearette runs came off the bat of freshman Cassidy Lowe, who “went yard” in the bottom of the sixth to break up the shutout.

“That’s our third home run of the season by a freshman, so that speaks well for us,” commented Bradley head coach Adam McClary.

Both teams will be back on their home diamonds this evening as the Bearettes (7-16, 2-5 District 5-AAA) will host East Hamilton (5-11, 1-5) in a league matchup, while the “Feisty Fillies” (17-10, 5-4) will entertain Class A powerhouse GPS (14-4) in a nondistrict game.

Along with the big bats, Walker Valley got another strong pitching performance from Natalie Pruitt (9-6) as she retired 16 of the first 18 Bearettes she faced on her way to a three-hit complete game effort.

“Natalie pitched really good and kept them (Bradley) off balanced” assessed Coach Limburg. “We played good, solid defense behind her.”

The freshman lefty struck out five and only walked one while holding onto a no-hitter until Bearette freshman Marlee Montgomery beat out a bunt to open the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pruitt only allowed three balls to leave the infield.

The Lady Mustangs scored first when Howell jacked her shot over the right-center field fence with Kaylee Hughes, who had walked to open the second frame, aboard.

The Fillies from the north end of the county tacked on a solo run in the third inning when Riley Suits laced a one-out single and then scored when Bailey Smith ripped a two-out hit a few moments later.

The final Walker Valley runs came when Miranda Young opened the top of the fourth with a single before King lifted her shot over the left field fence.

The Volunteer State signee led the Lady Mustang stampede against her former team, going 3-for-3 with a double to go along with her blast.

Suits went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Hughes was on base four times with a hit and three walks.

The Bearettes were finally able to get on the scoreboard in their next-to-last at bat when Motlow State commit Jenn Corbitt ripped a one-out double before Lowe “left the building” with a two-out shot over the left-field barrier.

“This was a good district win for us,” proclaimed Coach Limburg. “We still left too many (7) on base, but overall it was a good team win.”

Walker Valley will hosting a special “Feisty Filly Fun Night” on Tuesday during their game against McMinn County.

“All elementary and middle school students get in for free. We are going to have plenty of family fun and prizes will be given away every inning,” explained Limburg.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will only be a $1 and Kona Ice will be available.

“We want everybody to come out and have a fun night with us,” the Lady Mustang coach declared.

GAME SUMMARY

Walker Valley 021 200 0 — 5 9 1

Bradley Central 000 002 0 — 2 3 1

WP: Natalie Pruitt (9-6) 7.0 IP, 5 K’s, 1 BB, 3 hits, 2 ER; LP: CJ Beck 7 IP, 1 K, 3 BB, 9 hits, 5 ER. HR: Katelyn Howell, Ali King (WV); Cassidy Lowe (BC). 2B: King (WV); Jenn Corbitt (BC). RBIs: Howell 2, King 2, Bailey Smith (WV); Lowe 2 (BC). Highlights: King 3-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs, run; Howell 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Riley Suits 2-4, run; Kaylee Hughes 1-1, 3 BB, run; Miranda Young 1-3, run (WV); Lowe 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Corbitt 1-3, 2B, run; Marlee Montgomery 1-3, SB (BC). LOB: WV 7; BC 3. Records: Walker Valley 17-10, 5-4 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 7-16, 2-5 District 5-AAA.

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