The Evans Lady Knights softball team continued its hot streak Tuesday night, taking out the Lakeside Lady Panthers, 16-1.
The win was the Lady Knights’ (11-4-1, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA) 10th in its past 11 games and eighth in a row as the team 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.
The Lady Knights had six hits and the big blow 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 Lady Panthers (3-9-1, 0-3 Region 2-AAAAA) accomplished what no team had been able to do against the Lady Knights in six games – score a run. They got on the board quickly in the first inning as Heather Hammett, in a controversial call, appeared to strike out and advance to first on a wild pitch. Jess Ellis 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. Evans starting pitcher Lexi Dodgen 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 were undone by defense. In the second inning, 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.”