Lady Hounds continue winning streak

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2000

FERRIDAY,La. – Huntington head coach Mike McAnally said he has been trying to get his girls fast-pitch softball team to get out to an early lead.

He got what he asked for Tuesday.

The Lady Hounds put eight runs on the board and sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning, as Huntington beat Central Hinds Academy 12-0 at home.

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&uot;We’ve talked about scoring runs early,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;They showed the killer instinct.&uot;

The Lady Hounds got on the board first with a Tiffany Ferguson triple that scored two runs. A Lauren Wagoner sacrifice scored Ferguson.

Lindsay Wagoner then reached first on an error and promptly stole every other base, including home.

After Lindsey Kay Paul was caught on a fielder’s choice, Erin Hedrick and Sylvia Mock scored on a Whitney Bradford double, and Mary Ella Green later scored on an infield error.

The eight runs would have been more than enough, as Huntington starting pitcher Lindsey Paul did not allow a base runner past second in the three innings she pitched. She recorded one strikeout and only allowed one hit.

After taking a line drive off the elbow in the third inning, Paul moved over to play shortstop in the fourth inning.

Left-hander Emily Hazlip came on to pitch in the fourth and finished the game.

Hazlip got into a jam in the fourth inning with no outs and runners on second and third. Hazlip got off the hook by striking out the next two batters she faced and inducing a pop fly to second base for the third out.

Hazlip retired the side in order in the fifth inning to earn the save.

The game was stopped after the fifth inning by the ten-run rule.

At the plate, Whitney Bradford was 3-3 with a walk and three RBI, Ferguson was 2-4 with a walk and three RBI.

Huntington’s record in now 6-0. The lady hounds face Prairie View Academy at home Thursday at 4 p.m.