Lady Indians’ season ends in extra innings

Published 10:46 am Friday, May 30, 2014

COURTLAND—The Southampton Lady Indians lost to New Kent 4-2 in 8 innings in the Conference 25 Playoffs on Monday.

Kelby Lewis winds up to deliver a pitch. -- MURRAY THOMPSON | TIDEWATER NEWS

Kelby Lewis winds up to deliver a pitch. — MURRAY THOMPSON | TIDEWATER NEWS

The New Kent Trojans scored twice in the top of the 8th to win and move on in the fastpitch playoffs.

The Trojans got on the board in the top of the first inning on a single and triple, plating one run. The runner on third would come in to score on a past ball to give New Kent a quick 2-0 lead. Southampton freshman starting pitcher Kelby Lewis would settle down and move into a groove from there. Lewis would strike out 7 Trojans and surrender only 3 more hits over the next 7 innings. In the top of the 8th inning, a one-out walk was followed by a sacrifice bunt attempt. However, Cabell’s throw to first sailed wide, allowing one run to score and the batter to reach 3rd. A hard ground-out to Bagnall at short scored the second run.

The Lady Indians found the going tough at the plate, managing only 4 hits and scoring their 2 runs in the 4th inning on only one hit. In that inning Madison Cabell walked to lead off, Skyler Bagnall stroked a single and Savannah Nipper walked to load the bases.

When Shelby Billups walked, the pitch carried out of play and allowed Cabell and Bagnall to score. One walk and one hit over the last 4 innings proved to be the only baserunners the Indians would get the rest of the day.

The last hit the Indians would get would be a Cabell double in the bottom of the 8th, but a fly out to right field and a comebacker to the pitcher put to bed any possible comeback for the ladies who finished the season 10-4.

“I’m so proud of this bunch of girls,” said Head Coach Susan Melbye. “This group of seniors has been with me for a long time, many of them playing for 4 years on varsity. I’m going to miss them.

“They are great kids, great students and outstanding people,” she continued.“Yes, each of those seniors will be missed, as they gave Southampton softball everything they had and helped establish some notoriety in the area for Lady Indian Softball.”

Melbye said despite the loss of the seniors, the program is in good shape.

“This program though will move forward, you saw three freshmen start and play well in a playoff game today.

“A great group of underclassmen will carry this program going forward, the shelves are definitely not bare going into 2015.”