LA softball sweeps

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

LASKER – Lawrence Academy improved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 inside the Tarheel Independent Conference with wins Monday and Tuesday.

The defending state champion Lady Warriors softball team, knocked off rival Northeast 13-7 Tuesday, a day after beating Ridgecroft 32-6.

In Tuesday’s outing, the Lady Warriors used a three-run third inning to give themselves some breathing room in what had been a 4-1 game.

They added four more in the top of the sixth to lead 12-2, but the Lady Eagles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 12-5.

Senior second baseman Catherine Outten led the way for the Lady Warriors with a 4-for-5 day at the plate to go along with three RBIs. Junior Lauren Rea was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Junior Jessica Johnston was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double while Jodi White was 2-for-5 with a homerun.

On the mound, Johnston picked up the victory, going seven innings while striking out eight and walking six.

The Lady Eagles got offensive firepower from junior Lyndal Brown. She was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Northeast. Hillary Flythe and Lindsey Bridgers were each 1-for-4 on the day.

The win boosted Lawrence to a spotless 2-0 mark inside the league while dropping Northeast to 0-1 in conference.

Monday afternoon, Lawrence took a league win over Ridgecroft.

The Lady Rams were led by Stephanie Northcott, who was 1-for-3 as well as Jessica Jones (1-for-2) and Kristina Cooper (1-for-1).

Outten again had a big day for the Lady Warriors, driving in five runs while going 2-for-3 at the plate, but it was White who delivered the biggest punch for Lawrence. The junior scored five times while checking in at 5-for-5 at the plate.

Joining those two on the leader board for Lawrence were Johnston (2-for-4), Ruth Stotesbury (2-for-5), Rea (2-for-4), Taylor Mizelle (1-for-1 with four runs scored), Ashley Swain (2-for-5), Megan Street (1-for-2), Morgan Phelps (2-for-2) and Gabby Layton (3-for-3).

The Warriors will meet Terra Ceia Christian School at home today while Ridgecroft will travel to Albemarle.