Lewis, Lady Eagles top South-Doyle
An overpowering pitcher and a potent lineup can make a nearly unbeatable combination.
The South-Doyle Lady Cherokees learned that the hard way Wednesday night in a rain-out makeup game.
The Seymour Lady Eagles (26-5-1 overall, 9-1 in District 2-AAA) continued their recent torrid offense pace, scoring 14 runs, while senior pitcher Carly Lewis no-hit her opponents for six innings.
In fact, Lewis, who earned her 11th career no-hitter in the game and fifth of this season, was just one error away from a perfect game.
Catcher Kaitlin Atkins was tagged for catcher’s interference at one point, but then picked off the base-runner at first, which allowed Lewis to face the six-inning minimum — 18 batters.
Lewis struck out 10 Lady Cherokees, and, when they failed to score in the bottom of the sixth the mercy rule took over with Seymour leading 14-0.
“I’ll tell you this and I’ve said it before,” Seymour coach Dayna Carter said. “Carly has very good command of her pitches. She knows what to throw when, I chart them all, and if she sees something (from a batter) she comes and tells me. We communicate well and she’s able to read (the game).
“She’s an educated pitcher. She knows what she’s doing — not just throwing, but strategically.”
Lewis shutout the Lady Cherokees the first time she saw them this season, tossing a three-hitter. This time she was better.
“What’s amazing about her is these teams see her twice, and they’re not doing better the second time,” Carter said of the Georgia College singee. “That’s very unusual. But it’s because she just has such control of her pitches.”
Offensively, the Lady Eagles were led at the plate by juniors Lauren Irwin and Sam Baldwin. Both were 4-for-5 at the plate in the game. Irwin had a double and a home run to go with four RBIs, while Baldwin also drove in a runner.
Atkins, who was 2-for-5, also smashed a homer for the Blue and Gold and drove in two.
Freshman Bailey Pierce had three RBIs on one hit, while freshman Hannah Lawson and Lewis had two hits apiece and freshmen Miranda Duncan and Emily Palmer (two RBIs) each collected a hit.
The Lady Eagles have now scored 44 runs in their last three games.
“We started off (the season) hot,” Carter said. “Then we went a little quiet. Now we’re picking it up again.”
Carter said this season’s team, from one through nine, is the best hitting squad she’s had at Seymour.
“There’s no question, from top to bottom,” she said. “You love it when the girl, you’re ninth batter, was at one time hitting .636.”
Currently the team’s hitting .386, with 12 girls over the .300 mark. Seven girls have hit home runs, and five have two or more, led by Lauren Irwin with 10.
That gives the lineup flexibility if someone is having a bad day.
“The nine are so loaded that we can gave girls go slumps every once in while,” Carter said.
With a weekend off next weekend, the coach said she believes her team will be ready for the postseason and a shot at their third-straight state tournament appearance.
“We have to prepare for may. A lot of teams play weaker tournaments to get wins, but we haven’t,” Carter explained. “I’d rather take losses in March and April (against elite teams). You have to beat the best to be the best. I’m not getting my team prepared if we’re not playing the best competition.
“Once they get their prom (next week) and a few days off I’ll think they’ll come back rejuvenated and ready with the spirit for the postseason.”