Lady Cougars Claim Division Title with Sweep of Richland

The Lawrence County High Lady Cougars claimed the Division 6-4A fastpitch softball championship with a two-game sweep of Richland in fastpitch action last week. On Monday, at home, the Lady Cougars hammered Richland from the outset in a 10-0 win. The very next night, at Richland, things were a bit tougher, but LCHS piled up late runs in a 10-5 victory.
The Lady Cougars needed the sweep after splitting division games with Florence. A split with Richland could have put Lawrence County in a three-way tie with both teams, and at the mercy of a tie-breaker. Meleah Howard’s club erased any such fears by beating Richland twice. The Lady Cougars did drop a non-division game to 1A powerhouse Bogue Chitto on Saturday. Details from that game were not available.
Lawrence County finished the week with an overall record of 18-7, and wrapped up division play with a 7-1 mark, good for first place. The Lady Cougars’ first round playoff opponent was not yet decided at press time.
On Monday, the Lady Cougars took immediate control of the game with two runs in the bottom of the first. Callie Fortenberry led off with a double and eventually scored on a passed ball. Josey Nations singled and came home on a Sydney Pevey double.
In the second, LCHS put up six more runs. Amanda Rushing both started and ended the rally with singles. In between, Skyler Speights, Tyranesha Davis, and Maddux Kirkland had singles.
The game ended via the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth. Alyssa Lambert and Callie Fortenberry had singles, and Josey Nations ended the game with a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Kirkland led LCHS with three hits. Fortenberry and Rushing each added two. Davis, Nations, Pevey, Speights, and Lambert each had one.
On the mound, Nations had a great game. In five innings, she allowed only a first-inning single, walked just one, and struck out five.
Monday’s big ten-run victory put the Lady Cougars in good tie-breaker shape entering Tuesday’s game at Richland, but Lawrence County need to win to end all doubt about the division championship. It wasn’t easy, but the LC girls did just that.
Nations again pitched a solid game, striking out five, giving up five hits, and walking just two, but it was a whopping eight defensive errors that got the Lady Cougars into a bit of trouble.
In the bottom of the second, two walks and two errors helped stake Richland to a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, Lawrence County got one back as Skyler Speights doubled, and came home on a Raylee Ready RBI single. In the fourth, LC gained a brief 3-2 lead as Josey Nations doubled, Maddux Kirkland singled, and Julianna Johnson had a sacrifice fly. Richland tied it in the bottom of the fourth, again courtesy of two Lady Cougar errors.
Tied 3-3 entering the fifth, the Lady Cougars took control of the game— and the Division 6-4A race— by putting up four more runs. Tyranesha Davis had a single, and Maddux Kirkland and Amanda Rushing had doubles in the big frame. An error and two bases on balls aided the Lawrence County cause. It was 7-3.
In the sixth, Tyranesha Davis and Sydney Pevey had hits as the Lady Cougars upped their lead to 9-3. In the seventh, Amanda Rushing singled, and scored on a Julianna Johnson single, for Lawrence County’s final run of the night. Richland tried to make a game of it in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs on three hits.
For the second straight night, Lawrence County banged out a whopping 12 hits. Davis, Pevey, Kirkland, and Rushing had two each. Nations, Speights, Johnson, and Ready each had one.
On Saturday, the Lady Cougars were shut out, 5-0, at Bogue Chitto. Further details were not available.