Lady Lions Sweep the Angels

By JUSTIN VALLEJO

Staff Writer

The Piedmont Lady Lions softball team swept the competition this past Saturday. The Lady Lions had a double header against USA South opponent Meredith College. 

The Lady Lions won the first match with a score of 11-8, and they won the second match with a dominating score of 12-4. 

The Lady Lions were led by third-year infielder Abby Smith, as she was 5-9 for the day, and she nailed a game winning walk off in the first match to separate the score in the final inning. Also fourth-year infielder Whitney Wolfe was a perfect 5-5 when she stepped up to the plate in both of the matches.

In the first match, the game started out slow with only two runs scored in the first three innings. The Angels were hanging on with the Lady Lions as they hit a three run to take the lead in the fourth inning. 

“When they took the lead from us, we knew had to change up the game. We came out flat, but we finally took control in the final inning,” said first-year infielder Allyson Gentry. “Coach started to get mad at us when they took the lead, so we had to make a decision to rally a comeback.”

With the game coming closer to the end, the Lady Lions had their backs up against the wall. Second-year infielder Allison Vaughn scored the sixth run of the game for the Lady Lions, and then Wolfe tallied up two runs of her own. Next up to bat was Smith. With two people on bases, the Lady Lions had a chance to win the game, and Smith nailed every inch of the ball as she slammed a home run to give the Lady Lions the win.

In the second match, the Lady Lions needed a better start because the Angels were fired up to get revenge after the heart breaker they had in the first match. The Angels came out with fire in their eyes as they took a 4-0 lead early in the match, scoring one run in the second inning and three more in the third. 

“We let the first game get to our heads, and I think that’s why we stared out slow again. But somehow, we found another way to get it done,” said Gentry. “I think that we underestimated them today because they came out today, and led in both of the matches and almost beat us in one of them.”

Gentry was 2-3 at the plate and scored three runs while Smith put the cherry on top with the final run to make the game final with a score 12-4. 

The Lady Lions will pack up their bats and travel to Maryville, Tenn., for their next game against another USA South rival, Maryville College, on April 1.