Ooltewah doubles down against Walker Valley

RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
Posted 4/20/16

The Lady Mustangs were seeing doubles in the early going against Ooltewah. Four two-base hits in the first three innings, combined with a two-hit pitching effort from Lady Owls pitcher Kayla …

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Ooltewah doubles down against Walker Valley

WALKER VALLEY SHORTSTOP Jackie Newport looks to throw to first base while getting the force-out at second, as second baseman Abby Davis moves in to back up the play in the third inning against Ooltewah Tuesday, at Larry Haney Field.
WALKER VALLEY SHORTSTOP Jackie Newport looks to throw to first base while getting the force-out at second, as second baseman Abby Davis moves in to back up the play in the third inning against Ooltewah Tuesday, at Larry Haney Field.
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The Lady Mustangs were seeing doubles in the early going against Ooltewah. Four two-base hits in the first three innings, combined with a two-hit pitching effort from Lady Owls pitcher Kayla Boseman, led to an 8-0 Ooltewah win Monday afternoon at Larry Haney Field.

“She’s a great pitcher. She has awesome speed and great movement, she’s the total package,” said Lady Mustangs coach Lauren Limburg of the Mississippi State signee. “You just have to tip your hat to them. They are a great team. They’ve got good hitters and a great defense behind her. They played a great ballgame.”

Kaylee Hughes broke up a potential no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning with a towering, one-hop double to the right-field fence. Emilee Spann picked up the only other hit for Walker Valley (11-12, 4-5 District 5-AAA) with a single to center in the sixth.

Ooltewah (28-4, 8-0) put five runs on the board in the top half of the second with three singles and back-to-back doubles. The Lady Owls capped the scoring with two more doubles and a pair of singles in the third to take the 8-0 lead.

“I was proud of our girls. They [Ooltewah] only scored in two innings, and that is a positive for us. Being able to get out of innings when we have two outs is going to be critical for us as we go down the road,” said Limburg. “On the other hand is hitting with two outs and scoring runs when we have runners in scoring position.”

The Lady Mustangs will take the field again this afternoon against perennial power Soddy-Daisy, in another district matchup.

“Soddy is historically a great program and they are a great team this year. We played them at their place and lost 2-1. We will have to bring our best game,” Limburg acknowledged.

Walker Valley will still be without the added punch of Ali King, who has been out with an ankle injury after taking a pitch that resulted in a tendon injury. The Lady Mustang second baseman should return to the lineup next week.

“She’s been out for a little over a week. We’re excited to get her back, she will be back next week. She took a tough pitch on the ankle. She’s been a trouper,” said the Lady Mustangs coach. “I’m also really proud of the girls who have stepped up and played; they have done a really good job.”

LADY OWLS 8, LADY MUSTANGS 0

Ooltewah 053 000 0 — 8 13 0

Walker Valley 000 000 0 — 0 2 0

WP: Kayla Boseman LP: Dani Souder. 2B: Shelby Sutton 2, Boseman 2, Aubbie Collake (O); Kaylee Hughes (WV). Highlights: Sutton 3-4 2 RBIs, Boseman 2-4 4 RBIs, Collake 2-3 RBI, Marissa Forrester 2-3 (O). Records: Ooltewah 28-4, 8-0 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 11-12, 4-5.

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