Lady Panthers complete district sweep over Belmont
The Lady Panthers got a little bit of everything in their season series against district foe Belmont.
A rain delay, a thrilling one run victory and a hit parade win all took place this week. The end result? A season sweep over the Lady Cardinals.
Pine Grove and Belmont started playing on Tuesday and finished on Wednesday after a rain delay with the Lady Panthers leading 2-1. A strong defensive performance, including a pair of defensive gems from Baleigh Bridges, helped preserve the win.
The play of the game came when Ellie Fryar made a diving tag on a Belmont baserunner coming in for what would have been the game tying score.
Ellie Fryar with the full extension layout to get the out at home. Got her by a couple of inches. Great effort. Pine Grove leading Belmont 2-1 heading bottom 6. pic.twitter.com/KwnEdOPtEC— Tippah Sports (@TippahSports) March 16, 2022
Pine Grove managed just three hits but held the Lady Cards to just a pair of hits. Lizzie Meeks took the complete game win, striking out 7.
In the second game of the series, The Lady Panthers used an offensive explosion in the third inning to come away with the 14-3 victory.
Pine Grove got the scoring started in the third with a Hailey Keeton single that scored a trio of Lady Panther base runners for a 3-1 lead that they would never surrender.
Keeton would finish the game with three hits and four RBI, including a pair of doubles.
Hailey Keeton drove in four runs for Pine Grove as they defeated Belmont 14-3 last night in district softball action. pic.twitter.com/DbPtqrwGuq— Tippah Sports (@TippahSports) March 18, 2022
Ellie Fryar would add a homerun and a double as part of her three hits. Meeks, Madison Foster and Memory Mauney would add doubles as well.
Meeks was the winning pitcher, striking out 5 in 5 innings of work while allowing just a pair of earned runs.
The Lady Panthers moved to 6-1 on the season. They are next in action at the Tippah County Tournament on Saturday at Walnut.