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By Jason Fite
Contributing Sports Writer 

LCMS Softball


March 10, 2022

The Lewis County Middle School Lady Panthers opened up their 2022 softball season on the road Wednesday, March 2nd in Lawrenceburg against E.O. Coffman Middle School.

The Lady Panthers got on top early as eight of the first nine batters reached base safely by walk or hit by pitch and would plate 5 runs. Makaela Dodson came up for her second at-bat of the first inning with one out and the bases loaded and delivered an RBI single. The Lady Panthers would see a total of 11 runs cross the plate and held an 11-0 lead moving into the home-half of the first. Kinlee Keltner took the bump for Lewis County and made quick work of the Coffman batters, sitting them down in order while striking out 1 and the Lady Panthers held the 11-0 lead as play headed to the second inning. Three walks started the inning to load the bases for Dodson who would deliver a 3-run triple. Taya Tiller would single and C.J. Tanner would bring in two more on a triple, and Keltner would follow with a triple to score Tanner. Keltner would get a second at-bat in the inning and delivered an 2-run single that Anna Burney followed with a two-run hit of her own. The Lady Panthers would bring home 14 runs in the second inning to take a 25-0 lead into the bottom of the second. Coffman would push 2 runs across in the home-half and load the bases with one out, but Lewis County worked out of the jam and led 25-2 after two complete innings. 6-straight Lady Panthers would reach to start the third by walk or hit by pitch with 2 outs to score 4, and Sophie Stutts would drive in 2 with a single and Jaelin Baugh would bring in another on a single. Lewis County would take a 33-2 lead into the bottom of the third. E.O. Coffman would go down in order in the third to end the game as Lewis County started their season off with a huge 33-2 win.


The Lewis County Middle School Lady Panthers were on the road for the second straight evening when they travelled to Waynesboro for a matchup against the Wayne County Lady Wildcats on Thursday, March 3rd.

Makaela Dodson led off the game with a double but would be cut down trying to score later in the inning. C.J. Tanner would reach on an error and come around to score on a single by Kinlee Keltner and give Lewis County a 1-0 lead. Keltner would work around a 2-out walk to pitch a scoreless bottom of the first and the score remained 1-0. Jaelin Baugh would deliver a 2-out single and Gabii Ortiz followed with a single, but both would be stranded in a scoreless second. Back-to-back singles to start the second for Wayne County would plate the tying run, but Keltner would retire 3-straight to keep the score tied heading into the third. Lewis County went down in order to start the third. The Lady Wildcats would get a leadoff single and a 2-out single to take the lead in the bottom of the third at 2-1. Two Lady Panthers would reach on 2-out errors, but Lewis County would again leave runners stranded and the score was 1-1 moving into the bottom of the fourth. Lewis County would work around a 1-out walk to keep the Lady Wildcats off the board, but Wayne County held on to a 2-1 lead after four complete innings. Dodson led off the fifth with a double and Keltner reached on a 1-out single, and both would come around to score on a 2-out triple by Cabry Adkins. Adkins would come in to score moments later on a Brailey Carroll single and Lewis County would take a 4-2 lead after four and a half innings. In the home fifth Wayne County would tie the game, scoring 2 runs on 3 hits, but the Lady Panther defense cut down a runner at the plate to end the inning and the score was 4-4 after five innings. Dodson would reach on a 2-out single in the sixth but would move no further, and the Lady Wildcats would go down in order and the score remained tied at 4. Keltner would reach on a 1 out single and move into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Adkins, but the Lady Panthers would again be kept off the board in the seventh. Lewis County would again sit down the Lady Wildcats in order in the seventh, and play moved into the eighth inning. The Lady Panthers would go down three up/three down in the top of the eighth, but would work out of a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the eighth to keep it a 4-4 game. Walks to Baugh and Dodson and a hit by Taya Tiller loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, and C.J. Tanner broke the tie with a 2-run single and came around to score on a Keltner fielder’s choice to give Lewis County a 7-4 lead. AFter a leadoff walk, the Lady Wildcats went down in order and Lewis County took a 7-4 win.


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