The West Lincoln Lady Rebels pounded Newton-Conover 12-0 on Thursday.
The Lady Rebels were led by seniors Katie Thornburg and Paula Jarrett. Jarrett went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit a two-run homer. She also scored two runs.
Thornburg was also 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a sacrifice and run scored.
â€œTheyâ€™re doing well as seniors, showing leadership and serving as an example to the younger players,â€ West Lincolnâ€™s head coach Mia Cooke said.
Sophomore Kendall Barrett took a page out of the seniorsâ€™ book, going 2-for-4 with two singles, a double and RBI. She also scored one run.
Junior Katie Davis pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out seven batters. Fellow junior Sheana Black had been the only Rebelsâ€™ pitcher to notch a shutout until Thursday.
Blackâ€™s shutout came against Hickory High School. Against the Tornadoes, Black faced 21 batters, struck out five and only allowed two hits.
Cooke has been impressed with her pitchers this season.
â€œThey have faced a lot of good teams and they have shown they can handle the pressure,â€ Cooke said of Black, Davis and sophomore Holly Hoover.
Davis also was solid at the plate, helping her own cause going 2-for-3 with a RBI and sacrifice. She also scored three runs.
Junior Candi Taylor scored three runs and had one RBI. Anna Knight was 1-for-1, but reached base twice via walks with one run scored.
â€œThe ladies played a great game against Newton-Conover. They all worked together as a team,â€ Cooke said.
The blowout win was good because it seemed to wake up the dormant bats of the Lady Rebels.
â€œLately, as a whole team, we have been in a batting slump. It felt good to see the girls getting their bats back,â€ Cooke said.
West Lincoln will host Bandys on Thursday. The Rebels are 7-8 on the season with a 3-5 Midwest 2A Conference record.
â€œItâ€™s big. Itâ€™s very important because itâ€™s a conference game and with our record below .500 weâ€™re trying to make a push for the playoffs,â€ Cooke said.
There will be a JV game Thursday at 4:30 p.m. which will be five innings long and Senior Night will follow immediately thereafter.
by John Mark Brooks