Lee Softball Swept By Shorter Lady Hawks

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Stevie Baird homered and doubled in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Stevie Baird homered and doubled in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
- photo by Lee University

In a tale of two very different games the No. 25 Shorter Lady Hawks swept the Lee softball team on Saturday afternoon from Butler Field.

The Lady Flames and Lady Hawks battled for 10 innings in a pitcher’s duel in game one with Shorter coming out on top, 3-2. Game two saw the two teams combined for 24 runs and 34 hits as the Lady Hawks outslugged Lee, 17-7.

Lee now sits at 17-9 overall and 8-6 in the GSC while Shorter improves to 21-9 and 10-4.

The Lady Flames and Lady Hawks will wrap up their three-game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Fans are invited to come out and enjoy some free delicious Mayfield Ice Cream Sandwiches at Butler Field.

Game 1- Lee 2 Shorter 3

Savannah Thomas tied the game in the seventh inning on a solo home run and Kameron Carter delivered the go-ahead run in the top of 10th to help Shorter earn the comeback victory over the Lady Flames in game one.

Leigh Beatenbough did not allow a hit until the sixth inning but would end up with the no-decision. The junior allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out five in six-plus innings of work.

Taylor Moran came on after Beatenbough gave up the blast to Thomas and was effective in four relief innings. She allowed just three hits and one unearned as she punched out six.

Stevie Baird drilled her third home run of the season in the third inning to put Lee up 1-0. She finished with three this and scored twice.

Abby McKinney gave Lee the 2-0 advantage as she singled down the right field line to score Baird in the fifth frame.

From there however it was all Shorter as Payton Lippert danced around a leadoff double in the seventh inning and several other scoring chances to earn the victory (8-4) pitching all 10 innings. Lippert allowed 11 hits and two runs but helped herself out with 10 big strikeouts.

Maddie Hunt got the Lady Hawks on the board in the sixth with a run-scoring double off Beatenbough. Kameron Carter added two hits while Ericka Bynum singled and walked.

Game 2- Lee 7 Shorter 17

In a game that tested the light bulbs in the scoreboard Shorter outgunned Lee 17-7 to complete the doubleheader sweep.

The Lady Hawks got five hits and two home runs from Bynum who finished 5 for 6 with seven RBI in the contest. Hunt also had five hits and scored four runs while driving in two.

Taylor Moran homered in the third inning to help the Lady Flames climb back into the contest. Rachel Polacek would follow with her first home run of the year just three batters later as Lee cut the deficit down to 6-4.

The comeback was stifled however as the high-powered Shorter offense scored in every inning and scored multiple runs in all but one frame.

Moran finished with three this and four RBI while Allison Meadows had two hits and scored twice. McKinney drilled two doubles and is now hitting .436 on the season.

McKinney started and went just 2.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits. Hailey Clark tossed 1.1 innings and gave up four runs on five hits before Madyson Stallcup finished the contest, yielding nine hits and seven runs in three innings. Only one of those runs was earned however thanks to four Lee fielding errors.

Hannah Draper started for Shorter and worked two-plus innings giving up three runs and six hits. Kalei Clark finished the contest to earn her seventh victory of the season. She allowed four runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three.


Lanters Are Latest Sister Acts Leading Lady Flames Teams

When one looks back on the success of the Lee University women’s soccer program over the past 16 years, it is easy to see what sisters have provided. Records show the surge began in 2001 and continues today with senior Summer and freshman Anna Lanter (former Soddy Daisy High School standouts) helping spark the Lady Flames to a current 8-4 overall mark and 7-2 in the rugged Gulf ... (click for more)

Time Change Announced For Georgia Northwestern And Cleveland State Volleyball Game On Thursday

At the request of Cleveland State Community College, Georgia Northwestern's volleyball match on Thursday at Cleveland State has been pushed back an hour and will now begin at  7 p.m. The Lady Bobcats (1-14) will be back at home at the Rossville Athletic Center  on Saturday  for their annual Pink Games to promote breast cancer awareness and to raise money ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

Alexander, Corker Are Among Sponsors Of Bill To Stabilize Premiums And Access To Insurance

A group of 24 senators - 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats led by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) - on Thursday released short-term bipartisan legislation to stabilize premiums and access to insurance in individual health insurance markets. Senators Alexander and Murray said: “We have reached an agreement ... (click for more)

Trump - And Response

Hardly a day, even a moment, goes by when some news flash appears sharing what  Trump  said or did. Not catchy and cute as we might feel when we see the baby turn over for the first time or say Da, da. Instead, this grown man and our president defies child cooing and smiling and instead frowns amid growing anger that we voted for this man, a grown up not quite potty-trained.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Schools On Agenda

Hamilton County School Superintendent Bryan Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that a plan for several new public schools will be included on Thursday night’s School Board agenda. Hamilton County has fallen woefully behind other metro school districts in the state and, with an estimated $340 million in deferred repairs, upgrading facilities - that now average over 40 years old - was ... (click for more)