As the 2018 regular season comes to a close the Lady Indians of Murray Co. traveled to the home of the Warriors of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Saturday for a region game.
The low scoring affair had both Murray and LFO with 5 hits in the game. Murray wasn’t able to scratch any runs until the sixth when 1 run crossed after O’Neal reached on an error followed by a Jenkins single. Leading the offense for the Lady Indians were Alyssa Usery(2 for 3), Maddie Jenkins(1-3), Attie Ridley(1-3), Kacie Ausmus(1-1). Natalie O’Neal had the only walk and scored the run for the Lady Indians in the defeat at the hands of the Warriors.
Pitching for Murray was a combined effort. Natalie O’Neal(5 innings) and Kacie Ausmus(1 inning) threw 95 pitches allowing 4 runs(3 charged to O’Neal) on 5 hits, 4 walks and 1 strikeout, The defense behind the 2 pitchers committed 1 error in the game. The Lady Indians now start preparing for the 2019 season. With the JV and Middle school players coming up the 2019 season may be a ways off but the Murray coaching staff are looking forward to righting the ship next season.
Monday afternoon the Lady Indians of Murray High school traveled to Ringgold to face the home town Lady Tigers in an important region game. The Lady Tigers sitting at 9-12 overall and 7-8 in region would be a battle for Murray who came in to Monday’s game at 3-16 overall and just 1-13 in region.
With the rough start for the Lady Indians everyone knows that things can change in just one game with just one swing of the bat to get the excitement and momentum back on your side of the plate. Monday was unfortunately not one of those games. There were several positives that came out of this game for the Lady Indians. The late innings push to score runs and accomplishing that as well as individuals fighting hard at the plate to get that much needed hit. This game did see the Murray offense be shut down through the first 3 innings with only having one batter reach base by hit. In those same 3 innings the Ringgold Lady Tigers offense put up 9 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 batters hit by pitch and 3 Murray miscues. The Lady Indians scraped together 2 runs in the fourth on a Rileigh Morgan double that scored Maddie Jenkins(single) and Jordan Swanson(walk). Morgan battled strong fouling off several pitches before connecting with a 2 ball=2 strike pitch and line driving it to left field.
After the Lady Tigers added one in the bottom half of inning 4, the top of 5 saw Murray continue to fight and not give up. Putting 4 runs on their side of the score board, Murray cut in to the deficit they faced as the inning started. The Lady Indians just plain ran out of innings. The bottom half had the Lady Tigers answer with 4 to put them up by 8 runs and put the mercy rule in affect to take a 14-6 victory over the Lady Indians of Murray.
Murray will travel to Sonoraville on Thursday September the 20th with hopes of picking up on the offense where they left off in this last game. Start time is scheduled for 5:30 PM.