PEARCY -- Ending their regular season with a final non-conference matchup at home on Lake Hamilton Softball Field, the Lady Wolves cruised to a 6-0 sweep over the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears Tuesday afternoon.
"I thought that we did a good job after struggling a little bit in practice (Monday)," said Lake Hamilton girls head coach Amy Teague. "I had to get a little bit grouchy with them, and I was proud to see the kids respond and come back to play the way they did today.
I thought we looked really sharp, and I feel like we're ready to go. I have six seniors, and I feel like throughout the year they've done a great job of being leaders and stepping up. They're kind of the group that makes us go."
Sylvan Hills (14-11) garnered just one hit in the first two innings as junior Payton Hefner struck out three to keep the visitors scoreless, and Lake Hamilton (14-11) blew the game wide open as senior Kamryn Knox hit a bunt single that plated classmate Lanette Snyder to kick off a four-run second.
Hefner added another run for the Lady Wolves after senior Charlye Rowland hit an infield single. Senior outfielder Sydney Campbell then reached second base after laying down a bunt that sent Knox and Rowland home giving Lake Hamilton a 4-0 advantage over the visting Lady Bears.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Lake Hamilton rallied for two final runs including a triple to deep right field by senior catcher Jessye Rowland that plated Campbell and a single by senior Emily Magby that pushed Jessye Rowland past the plate to secure the 6-0 win.
"They're a great group of kids and super proud for them," Teague added. "No matter what happens, we've had a really good year and a really fun year."
Hefner pitched a complete game shutout while picking up the win for Lake Hamilton. The junior threw seven innings allowing zero runs on five hits with no walks while fanning nine.
Jessye Rowland and Campbell paced the Lady Wolves with two hits apiece while Charlye Rowland, Magby, Snyder and freshman Kaylin Kauffman each collected one hit.
Campbell led her team with two RBI and Knox, Magby, Charlye Rowland and Jessye Rowland each drove in one while Snyder, Campbell and both Rowland sisters scored one run apiece.
The Lady Wolves are scheduled to enter tournament play today at 10 a.m. as they face Greene County Tech in the first round of the Class 5A state softball playoffs at Benton's Riverside Park.Sports on 05/09/2019
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