Lady Mustangs soar higher than Eagles
by By SARALYN NORKUS Sports Writer
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THE WALKER VALLEY bats were able to warm up despite the chill in the air Wednesday evening in a double-header against Hiwassee Dam (N.C.). The Lady Mustangs swept the Lady High Eagles, starting off their season on a winning note. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
THE WALKER VALLEY bats were able to warm up despite the chill in the air Wednesday evening in a double-header against Hiwassee Dam (N.C.). The Lady Mustangs swept the Lady High Eagles, starting off their season on a winning note. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Walker Valley’s softball team capitalized off its 11-1 opening day win against Cleveland as the Lady Mustangs swept visiting Hiwassee Dam (N.C.) in a chilly doubleheader on Wednesday at Larry Haney Field.

The Lady Mustangs started the afternoon off with a close 1-0 win over the Lady Eagles. The bats came to life in the next game as the home team went on to outscore the visitors 9-0.

“I’m really proud of the girls. The first game was a close one, but we fought through and found a way to win. Then we came out in the second game and our bats started going, and that was a good thing,” Walker Valley head coach Lauren Limburg commented.

In game two, the Lady Mustangs were able to get three runs in the bottom of the first inning. More ducks were on the pond but the home team left the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.

In the bottom of the second, sophomore Hallie Davis blasted one out of the park to get the high-scoring inning started for the home team.

Three more runs would quickly follow, putting Walker Valley up 7-0.

The defensive efforts by both teams prevented any runs in the third inning, but the Lady Mustangs were able to add two more runs to finish out their scoring in the bottom of the fourth.

Austin Peay commitment Sidney Hooper led the hit parade, going 3-for-3 and racking up three runs scored and driving home a pair of teammates.

Davis had two runs and a pair of hits, including her solo blast. Baylee Boen added two runs while Rachel Percy had one run with a pair of RBIs.

Mackenzie Elrod had a hit and an RBI, while AJ Chancey also had a hit. Brittany Nettles added a run to the scoreboard as well.

Sophomore pitcher Alicia Raymond had a successful go of it from the pitcher’s circle, with five strikeouts and allowing just two hits and a pair of walks out of her 65 pitches in the shutout effort.

Hooper tossed a one-hit shutout in the opener for her second victory of the young season.

Percy had the lone Lady Mustang hit and scored the only run of the day’s first contest.

Strong defensive plays by the Lady Mustangs ensured that Hiwassee Dam never saw a run go up on the scoreboard.

“It was a good competition for us today. Our pitchers pitched well and we played well defensively — it was just a total team effort,” Limburg said of her team.

Thanks to their solid pitching and successful defensive plays, Walker Valley has only allowed one run in its first three games.

“I think it’s hard when you’ve been practicing a lot. It’s nice to come out and finally play somebody other than yourself. I’m really proud of the girls for the way they fought and continued to fight and found a way to win,” Limburg commented.

The Lady Mustangs have little time to rest and hope to add another game to the win column as they host GPS at 5 this evening.

SUMMARIES

GAME 1

Hiwassee Dam 000 00 — 0 1 1

Walker Valley 000 1x — 1 1 1

WP: Sidney Hooper (2-0); LP: H. Shape. Highlights: Rachel Percy 1B, RBI.

GAME 2

Hiwassee Dam 000 00 — 0 2 3

Walker Valley 340 2x — 9 9 3

WP: Alicia Raymond (1-0); LP: T. Golden. HR: Hallie Davis (WV) 2B: Hooper (WV). RBI: Hooper 2, Rachel Percy 2, Davis, Mackenzie Elrod, Bayliegh Morgan. Highlights: Hooper 3-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Davis HR, 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Percy 1B, 2 RBIs, run; Baylee Boen 1B, 2 runs, SB (WV)

Record: Walker Valley 3-0.