Walker Valley's Cariss Frost and Laney Harris set the tone for the Lady Mustangs with two sparkling defensive gems on the first two outs of the game against Girls Preparatory School. Sydney Everett …
Walker Valley's Cariss Frost and Laney Harris set the tone for the Lady Mustangs with two sparkling defensive gems on the first two outs of the game against Girls Preparatory School.
Sydney Everett did the job in the circle and the Walker Valley bats were simply too much for the Bruisers in a 10-4 Walker Valley win Monday at Larry Haney Field.
The dominating victory was made even more impressive with the Lady Mustangs (18-7-1) coming off a weekend tournament where they recorded a 2-2-1 record. The win came in the first of a four-game week for the Fiesty Fillies.
Everett spread seven hits in a complete game performance for Walker Valley. GPS (10-5) got home runs from Elizabeth Warnick and Hannah Sanders, but the Lady Mustangs countered with homers from Hannah Kate Singleton and Harris.
Harris not only did the job for Walker Valley at shortstop, she was red-hot at the plate with a 3-4 day with two doubles to go with the dinger. The Lady Mustangs picked up eight hits against three GPS pitchers.
"We have a great pitching staff," said Lady Mustangs coach Lauren Limburg. Sydney stepped up and did a great job today. I'm so proud of her. She works extremely hard on her own. She made some great pitches and kept them off balance all day, against a great, solid hitting team.
"Our defense played super solid behind her, infield and outfield. They made the plays they were supposed to make plus a couple extras. That always helps. It was a team effort all the way around."
The Bruisers scored a single run in the top of the third to knot the score at 1-1.
Harris's first double produced the first run for the Lady Mustangs in the bottom of the first. She scored on a wild pitch in the third to make it 2-0. Singleton put Walker Valley on top 5-1 with a three RBI blast bringing on the first GPS pitching change.
Walker Added four more in the lower half of the fifth on a second Harris double and Katelyn Howell RBI single. Kaylee Hughes later scored on a bases loaded walk. Howell and Singleton put the Lady Mustangs front 9-2 racing home on a Frost single.
GPS homered to cut it to 9-3, but The Fillies got the run back on Harris' line shot over the left-field fence to go up 9-3. The Bruisers picked up a final run with a homer in the seventh to make the final score 9-4.
"Our defense is solid. I would put our defense up against anybody. The diving plays by Carissa and Laney really set the tone for the game. If they had gotten on and scored a few runs you never know what might happened. But, to get out of the first inning was huge for us," said a pleased Limburg.
"I was really proud of the dugout. They were loud all game. That's our ball. That's what we do."
The Lady Mustangs return to action today at 5 p.m., at Larry Haney Field in a District 5-AAA matchup against East Hamilton. The Lady Hurricanes are currently fourth in the district with a 4-4 record behind the first place Fillies who are perfect at 6-0.
"It's a marathon. It's one game at a time. It's not a sprint. We've just got to do what we do," said the Walker Valley coach. "The days we do get off, we've got to take advantage of them. But, this week we have four games back-to-back-to-back-to-back. They need to rest and take care of their bodies and come out ready to go tomorrow."
GPS 001 011 1 — 4 7 1
Walker Valley 104 041 x — 10 8 1
WP: Sydney Everett. LP: Isabella Jenkins. HR: Hannah Sanders, Elizabeth Warnick (GPS); Hannah Kate Singleton, Laney Harris (WV). 2B: Warnick, Abbie Reel (GPS); Harris 2 (WV). Highlights: Warnick 3-4 RBI, (GPS); Harris 3-4 RBI Howell 3-4 2 RBIs, Singleton 3 RBIs, Carissa Frost 2 RBIs. Records: GPS 10-5, Walker Valley 18-7.
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