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Lions softball team sweeps three games

The tournament field was whittled from four teams to three for the Halifax County Middle School softball tournament Saturday, but the Lady Lions found a way to squeeze in three games against AfterShock and Lake Country Crushers and take home another trophy. The Lions rallied late to beat Lake Country 5-4 in game one and followed that up with a 9-3 win over AfterShock in game two.

Lake Country then beat Aftershock 14-6 in the round-robin tournament, setting up a game between Lake Country and Halifax County for the title.

Halifax County defeated Lake Country 4-0 in the Lions’ third game of the tournament to claim the championship.

Taylor Barnes slugged a RBI triple in game one and a two-run homer in game two, while Sidney McLamb had an RBI double in game one, a double and two base hits in game two and a two-run double in the championship game.

Terri Murray had an RBI single in game one, Chinaiyah Owen accounted for two RBIs in game two, and Kirsten Doss hit an RBI sacrifice fly in game two.

Carol Fears collected a double in game one and Megan Nunn had a base hit, Amber Moore and Megan Nunn had hits in game two, and Moore and Sierra Nunn collected base hits in the championship game.

Despite having only three teams in the tournament and despite his team being the only school team playing, Lions’ Head Coach James Smith was satisfied both with the level of competition and the way the Lions played in their first live game action of the season.

In game one, Halifax rallied from a 4-1 deficit after four innings with a run in the fifth inning, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to win the game.

Game two saw the Lions score seven runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and one more in the seventh inning to beat AfterShock, and Halifax scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning to win the championship game.

“I’m kind of satisfied with this weekend,” said Smith.  “I saw some things we need to work on, but I was very satisfied with our pitching.”

McLamb and Sierra Nunn pitched three and four innings in game one, with McLamb striking out four batters and Nunn five batters.

In game two, Barnes nine batters in five innings, and Sierra Nunn struck out three batters in two innings.

Barnes pitched all five innings of the championship game, finishing with eight strikeouts while giving up only three hits.

“Our pitching was great.  We finally hit the ball, but I know that would come late, and we faced some pretty good pitchers,” Smith commented.

“Overall we got to play everybody and look at everybody, so I was pleased with what I saw.

“We’ve been practicing for about a month and haven’t played, and we were tired of hitting against each other, so we were glad to play against some different players and hit against some different pitchers.

“Overall, it was a great weekend.”