Walker Valley got another stellar performance from pitcher Sidney Hooper and the Lady Mustangs banged out eight hits to stay atop the District 5-AAA softball heap with a 3-0 win over Rhea County Monday at Larry Haney Field.
Hooper gave up singles in the first, second, fourth and fifth but allowed no runs behind a solid Lady Mustangs defense. The senior hurler struck out five Lady Eagles(17-11, 4-5 District 5-AAA) and walked none. The Lady Mustangs (22-3, 10-0) played errorless softball in the seven-inning win.
“I thought we played a really solid game defensively. Our pitching, catching and defense was there. I don’t think we took a pitch off. I’ve been preaching to the girls about not taking a pitch off and being ready every pitch and expect the ball. I think they did a great job of that,” said the coach of the district leading Lady Mustangs Lauren Limburg. “We hit the ball well. We just missed out on getting some of those key hits to score some more runs, but we did enough to win and I’m extremely proud of the girls for their effort.”
The Lady Mustangs scored first in the bottom of the third, loading the bases on Hallie Davis and Hooper singles in front and back of a Rhea County error. Davis made it a 1-0 game, racing home on a fly ball to second base.
Walker Valley made a 3-0 game in the lower portion of the fourth. Alicia Raymond walked in front of a Brittany Nettles double off the left-field fence. Both runners scored when Davis ripped a two-out double to right center.
The Lady Mustangs loaded the bases in the sixth but were unable to get any more runs across the plate.
“Sidney pitched really well. She was moving the ball really well. I thought she threw a great game and the defense behind her backed up really well. There were a lot of plays that could have gone either way as far as being a hit. Our girls just stepped up and made the play. It was a total team effort,” said Limburg.
The Lady Mustangs will host McMinn County and celebrate Senior Night this evening in their final home game of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
LADY MUSTANGS 3, LADY EAGLES 0
Rhea County 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Walker Valley 001 200 0 — 3 8 0
WP: Sidney Hooper. LP: Hannah Manley. 2B: Hallie Davis 2, Brittany Nettles (WV). Other highlights: Davis 3-3, Hooper 2-4 (WV). Records: Rhea County 17-11, 4-5 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 22-3, 10-0.