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The Leroy High School Lady Bears Softball Team went 2-3 in the Jan Overstreet Softball Tournament on Feb. 17-18 in Thomasville. They defeated the Millry High School Lady Wildcats 8-5 and J.U. Blacksher High School 3-0, but lost twice to T.R. Miller High School, 8-1 and 3-0, and lost to Excel High School 13-5.
Three of the Lady Bears are still playing basketball and did not play, two of them were starters last year and projected to be starters this year as well. These were also the first games that the Lady Bears have played this season and the weather was very cold on Friday night with a very cold wind Saturday morning and evening also.
In game one against Millry the Lady Bears grabbed lead in the second inning to defeat the Lady Wildcats 8-5 on Friday. The game was tied at three with Leroys batting in the top of the second when Hannah Howard singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
Millry scored three runs in the first inning, but Lady Bears still managed to pull out the victory. The big inning for Millry came thanks to a single by Kallie Weaver, by Hayden Beasley, and an error on a ball put in play by Makon Pitts.
In the bottom of the first inning, Millry tied things up at three when an error scored one run for Millry.
The Lady Bears pulled away for good with five runs in the second inning. Brooklyn Keith doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs and Abbey Davidson doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Kay Kay Guy got the win for Lady Bears. She surrendered five runs on six hits over one and one-third innings, striking out three and walking zero. Mckenzie Smith threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. Smith recorded the last five outs to earn the save for Leroy.
Scarlett Kirkland led things off in the circle for Millry. The pitcher went three innings, allowing eight runs on five hits and striking out five.
Gracie Mitchell went 2- for-2 at the plate to lead Bears in hits.
In game two against T.R. Miller the Lady Bears took a tough blow. Nothing came easy for the Lady Bears as they fell 8-1 to T.R. Miller
The pitcher for T.R. Miller went three innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out four and walking one.
Mckenzie Smith led things off in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bears. Smith lasted three innings, allowing six hits and eight runs while striking out two.
T.R. Miller smacked two home runs on the day, one in the first inning and a second in the third.
Gracie Mitchell went 1- for-2 at the plate to lead the Lady Bears in hits. T.R. Miller collected six hits.
In the first game on Saturday, a early lead for Excel sealed the fate for the Lady Bears. Leroy watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 13-5 loss to Excel.
Excel got on the board in the first inning on a double on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
The Lady Bears put up three runs in the third inning. Their offense in the inning was led by Abbey Davidson, Kay Kay Guy, and Lauren Overstreet, all driving in runs in the inning.
The pitcher for Excel surrendered two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning, striking out one.
Mckenzie Smith was in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bears. She lasted four innings, allowing 12 hits and 13 runs while striking out two.
Leroy tallied eight hits on the day. Mitchell and Guy each collected two hits to lead the Lady Bears. Excel racked up 12 hits in the game.
In the Bears second game on Saturday with Kay Kay Guy in the circle, the Lady Bears shut out Blacksher
Guy shut down Blacksher, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Lady Bears to a 3-0 victory.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Guy struck out three, while the Blacksher pitcher sat down six.
Guy was the winning pitcher for Leroy. She allowed 10 hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out three and walking one. The defense behind Guy was outstanging for Leroy.
The pitcher for Blacksher allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
Guy, Abbey Davidson, Hannah Howard, Morgan Castle, and Campbell Newell, all had one hit to lead the Bears. Blacksher racked up 10 hits in the game.
In the last game on Saturday it was a pitchers duel in the low-scoring affair, but the Lady Bears fell to T.R. Miller 3-0.
Both teams were strong in the circle, but T.R. Miller was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over the Lady Bears. Mckenzie Smith started the game for the Lady Bears and recorded 15 outs.
A single by Lauren Overstreet in the third inning was a positive for the Lady Bears.
The pitcher for T.R. Miller surrendered zero runs on three hits over six innings, striking out six and walking zero.
Smith started the game for Leroy. She went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four.
Overstreet, Abbey Davidson, and Campbell Newell each managed one hit to lead the Lady Bears. Leroy was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Davidson had the most chances in the field with four. T.R. Miller racked up seven hits on the day. Leroy starts the 2023 season off with a 2- 3 record.
Leroy plays next at Excel High School on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.
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