The Evans Lady Knights softball team continued its hot streak Tuesday night as they took out the Lakeside Lady Panthers, 16-1.
The big blow for the Lady Knights came in the third inning when Alexis Schlein hammered a ball over the right-field fence for a grand slam and a 14-1 lead.
The win was the Lady Knights' (11-4-1, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA) 10th in its last 11 games, and eighth in a row, as they finished off the Lady Panthers in a mercy-rule shortened three innings.
"We're just trying to keep doing little things right," said Lady Knights head coach Colette Cassedy.
For the first time in six games, the Lady Panthers (3-9-1, 0-3 Region 2-AAAAA) accomplished what no other team had been able to do against the Lady Knights - score a run. They got on the board quickly in the first inning as Heather Hammett struck out but advanced to first on a wild pitch. Jess Ellis then doubled her home for the 1-0 lead.
That run and a second-inning leadoff single by the Lady Panthers' Michelle White would be all they would get off Evans starting pitcher Lexi Dodgen, who struck out six with no walks.
The Lady Knights got three back in the bottom of the first. Elyssa Melton doubled home a run, Taylor McChesney singled in a run and Schlein had an RBI groundout.
Lady Panthers pitcher Katherine Pringle (0-3) struggled with her control, walking six. She was undone by her defense in the second inning when the Lady Knights scored seven times on just two hits, with the Lady Panthers committing three errors.
The Lady Knights quickly loaded the bases in the third inning, and with one out, Schlein hit her home run, finishing with five RBI on the night.
"We're a better team than what you just saw," said Lady Panthers head coach Donnie Burch. "The girls know it, I know it and we all know it. The things we do in practice we need to transfer over to the field."