The Lady Indians hosted the Phoenix of Sonoraville on Thursday for yet another region game. Coming off a heart breaking loss just one day earlier to rival North Murray, the Lady Indians were ready to get back on the winning side of softball.
Both teams put zeros on the board through the second inning of play with Sonoraville getting a few opportunities and the Lady Indians having a runner on in the first. The first run of the game came from the Phoenix with tweo singles and a sacrifice pushing one across. That on run would quickly be matched by Murray putting up one of their own in the bottom half of the third.
The fourth and fifth inning were almost carbon copies of innings one and two with no runs scoring for either team. Once again Sonoraville would put runs on the board in big fashion in the top of the sixth. Setting the stage for Payton Townsend, the Phoenix put two runners on by way of a Murray error and a hit by pitch. Townsend stepped to the plate and on an no balls and 1 strike count drove a Kacie Ausmus pitch over the left field fence that scored three and gave the Phoenix a 4-1 lead. That score remained the same heading into the seventh with the Lady Indians going quietly in their half of the sixth. Sonoraville added one insurance run in the top of the seventh for a 5-1 lead that would hold and be the final score in the win over the Lady Indians of Murray County.
3 ladies entered the circle for Murray with Kacie Ausmus getting the start. Ausmus went 5 and 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs(3 earned) on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. Ausmus also allowed 1 homerun and threw 80 pitches. Makayley Sanford and Natalie O’Neal took the circle in relief with Sanford going 2/3 of an inning throwing just 12 pitches. She gave up 1 walk. O’Neal threw 11 pitches in her 1 inning of work with 1 run allowed and 1 walk. Attie Ridley was 1-2 on the day with 1 run scored and Brooklyn Gonzales was 2-3 in the game. The Phoenix put up 5 runs on 5 hits and committed no errors while the Lady Indians scored 1 run on 3 hits and had 3 errors.
The Lady Indians next game will be on Saturday the 15th against Cass in a non-region tournament, Game time is 2:00 PM.