Lady Lions rout New Washington in season opener

By: 
Staff Writer Josh Lewis

Ashton Thompson tries to avoid being pegged by a throw as she comes home.

It was a great start to the softball season for the Lady Lions. They took advantage of a huge third inning to dispatch New Washington in a wet and cold season opening win, 19-2, over the Mustangs.

The Lady Lions got behind early. A lead-off batter was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a sac fly. But Salem responded in the bottom of the first. Lexi Garloch reached on a bunt, then MacKenzie Underwood gave Salem the lead with a two run shot over center field.

New Washington got runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch brought home the tying run before Salem could get out of the jam.

Salem responded in the bottom of the second. Zoe Couch was hit by a pitch to get one on. Then Natalie Blevins laid down a bunt to advance Couch, but an error allowed her to come all the way home and score, giving Salem a 3-2 edge.

The third inning is when the wheels fell off for New Washington and Salem took complete control of the game.

You can read more about this game in today's Salem Leader and more about spring sports in a special section in the paper and e-edition, coming later this month!

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