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2009-05-14 / Sports

Lady Eagles Top Thorndale

by Mike Organ

Jessica Parish slides into third safely after driving in the first run of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Jessica Parish slides into third safely after driving in the first run of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lady Eagles dusted off their bats with a 3-1 win over Thorndale Saturday morning. Rachel Knipstein pitched an excellent game and battery mate Jessica Parish doubled home the first run and then scored the winning run as the Lady Dog first baseman missed an easy throw at first.

Rachel Knipstein was the story in Saturday's game. The first batter reached on an error. She was caught stealing by catcher Jessica Parish's throw to Ally Abshire. The second batter also reached on an error after an excellent fielding play by Shelby Tackett at third. The third hitter got a single to put a runner in scoring position. Rachel proceded to strike out the next 12 batters that strode to the plate in a dominating performance. After a hit, broke the string, she struck out another. 18 of the 21 outs made a U-turn at home plate heading back to the dugout. The player caught stealing was the 19th, a grounder back to Rachel was the 20th, and a wide turn at second with a tag out was the 21st. Only two of the 18 were called, the rest were clear misses by the Thorndale hitters.

Ashton Johnston rounds third on the way home with the first score of the game Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Ashton Johnston rounds third on the way home with the first score of the game Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Ashton Johnston led off the third inning with a slap single. Jessica Parish followed with a double scoring Johnston. When Thorndale tried to get Johnston at home, Parish went sliding into third. Parish scored as the Lady Dog first baseman missed a throw on Haley Jatzlau's grounder to second base.

Lexington had scoring opportunities in the second and fourth innings as they loaded the bases but could not score. In the second, Megan Scantlin walked, Rachel Knipstein singled, and Sara Knipstein laid down a bunt Thorndale did nothing with to fill the pads with one out. A tap back to the pitcher resulted in a double play to end the threat. In the fourth Scantlin singled, Rachel singled, and Sara walked to load the bases. A pop out to second and a strike out ended the threat this time.

Lexington added the final run in the sixth. Scantlin led off with a double, advanced to third on Rachel's grounder to second base. Heather Mills' single scored Scantlin easily with the Lady Eagles third run. Lexington played another warm up game with Shiner Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles will then play the winner of the Comfort-Geronimo Navarro bi-district affair.

Rachel strikes out another Lady Dog. This happened 18 times Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Rachel strikes out another Lady Dog. This happened 18 times Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN.

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