The Evans Lady Knights had a good night Tuesday.
After opening the softball season 1-3-1 at a tournament on the road, the Lady Knights took advantage of five Westside errors to cruise to a 9-1 victory.
“It’s early in the season and you’re just trying to see how they handle certain things,” said Lady Knights head coach Colette Cassedy. “I personally thought we could have played a little bit sharper.”
The Lady Knights scored five unearned runs in the first two innings as the Lady Patriots committed four errors. The Lady Knights added a run in the fourth inning and ended the game on the run rule after adding three in the sixth.
“If we get the first out we do good,” said Lady Patriots head coach Brian Holcombe. “When we make an error on the first batter it leads to runs. I think we had six or seven errors and most of the runs were unearned.”
While the Lady Patriots were struggling, the Lady Knights had no issues backing up starting pitcher Lexi Dodgen. Dodgen (2-2) gave up three hits in five innings of work while striking out three. Two of the three hits came in the first inning when the Lady Patriots scored their lone run.
“I kind of warmed up later in the innings,” said Dodgen. “It took me a minute.”
When she wasn’t doing it on the mound, Dodgen was doing it in the field. She moved to shortstop for the sixth inning and cleanly fielded three balls that led to outs.
In the second inning, after two of the first three batters reached on errors, Elyssa Melton added a two-run single and Alexis Schlein drove in Melton.
Schlein went 2 for 4 with three RBI, Melton had two RBI and Natalie Johnson scored three runs and pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Jennifer Reese had two of the Patriots’ three hits, including a double and an RBI.
The Lady Knights added a run in the fourth inning on a Savannah Gabriel single, then ended it in the sixth.
Savanna Gladue and Johnson singled to start the inning. One out later, Schlein scored Gladue with a single, Johnson scored on a wild pitch and Schlein scored on an error.