Lady Mustangs blank Raiders
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY PITCHER Alicia Raymond fires to the plate against Cleveland Thursday, at CHS. Raymond just missed a perfect game when the Lady Raiders singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Banner photo, LYNNAE ROBERTS
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Walker Valley’s Alicia Raymond was one out away from a perfect game before the Lady Raiders picked up a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Lady Mustang junior hurler was more than happy, however, to settle for a one-hit, 8-0 win over District 5-AAA rival Cleveland Thursday afternoon.

“She pitched a great game, her ball was moving around really well and our defense backed her up,” said Lady Mustangs coach Lauren Limburg. “We made the plays we were supposed to make and that’s all I can ask of them.”

Raymond struck out seven Lady Raiders in front of a defense that committed no errors.

Cleveland’s Teliyah Cobb denied Raymond a perfect day in the circle with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.

It was the lone bright spot in an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the Lady Raiders, at the plate and in the field.

“I’ve been bragging on them a little bit because we’ve been putting runs on the board, we’ve been competing somewhat. Today I don’t know what the problem was. We were way out in front of the ball, we were just too anxious. We didn’t put the ball where it needed to go,” said Lady Raiders coach Connie Stobert. “We had a few standing K’s that hurt us and our defense had a few errors as well. That hurts us and a good team is going to take advantage of your mistakes and expose your weaknesses.”

Cleveland committed four errors that led to three unearned Lady Mustangs runs.

Walker Valley started its day off with a bang in sending 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first. Hallie Davis cracked a two RBI double to right-center field and Raymond scorched and RBI double down the left-field chalk to put an exclamation point on the inning. Baylee Boen and Carly Frost bookended the inning with singles.

The bats then went cold for the Lady Mustangs (9-1, 4-0 District 5-AAA) and stayed cold for the Lady Raiders (1-6, 0-4) until the top of the fifth. Raymond stepped in and helped herself out with a blast over the left-center field fence to make it a 6-0 game.

While Cleveland continued to struggle at the plate, Davis picked up her third and fourth RBIs with the second Walker Valley homer, also to left center.

Raymond sat the Lady Raiders down in order again in the bottom of the sixth before giving up a two-out single to Cobb in the last half of the seventh.

“I’m really proud of Alicia. What’s really special about her is she’s not out for her personal stats, she’s out for the team win. That’s what makes the team special. It’s not about their stats, it’s about team victories,” praised Limburg. “I’m really proud of the district win today. They are continuing to fight.”

Stobert said the Lady Raiders must learn to conform to what they are given in order to put notches in the Win column.

“The game is about adjusting, you have to adjust to the next pitch. If you realize you are way out in front of the ball, the next pitch you have to stay disciplined,” she said. “You can’t go seven innings and never adjust. It needs to be the next pitch — if not the next pitch, the next inning. They are struggling with that adjustment.”

The Lady Raiders play once more on Tuesday at Soddy-Daisy before enjoying their Spring Break vacation.

The Lady Mustangs will host a weekend junior varsity tournament before heading south to participate in the Gulf Coast Classic II tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.

LADY MUSTANGS 8, LADY RAIDERS 0

Walker Valley 500 012 0 — 8 12 0

Cleveland 000 000 0 — 0 1 4

WP: Alicia Raymond. LP: Haley Hodgson. HR: Raymond, Hallie Davis (WV). 2B: Davis 2, Raymond (WV). Highlights: Davis 3-4, 4 RBI, AJ Chancey 3-5, Raymond 2-4, 2 RBI, Carly Frost 2-4 (WV). Records: Walker Valley 9-4, 4-0; Cleveland 1-6, 0-4.