Cavalier bats go quiet vs. Grizzlies

Published 12:02 am Saturday, March 20, 2010

Grassfield’s baseball and softball squads put on pitching and defensive displays at Lakeland’s expense Friday evening in Southeastern District games at Lakeland.

On the baseball diamond, Lakeland starting pitcher Trey Wright matched the Grizzlies for a bit, but Grassfield held the Cavaliers to one hit and steadily pulled away for an 8-0 victory. The shutout came one day after Lakeland got its first win of the season, beating Churchland 18-14.

The softball contest was a competitive one for four innings until Lakeland errors fueled Grassfield’s offense in a seven-run fifth inning. Grassfield went on to a 13-2 win.

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The Lady Grizzlies put three runs up in their first two frames, but it could’ve been more trouble for the Lady Cavaliers, especially in the second inning.

Grassfield loaded the bases with no outs. Lakeland nearly made it out of the jam unscathed as third baseman Crystal Treat fielded a grounder and fired home, to Kendell Combs, for one out. The next Grassfield hitter flew out to centerfielder Mary Ellis and the fly ball wasn’t deep enough to bring in the runner on third.

A wild pitch by Vici Treat allowed Grassfield one run, but a pop-up ended the inning there. Vici Treat retired Grassfield in order in the third and fourth, leaving the score 3-0.

A leadoff single by Grassfield to start the fifth brought about the end of Treat’s day in the circle. Chelsea Speight came on in relief, but it was the Lady Cavalier defense that let the game get out of hand.

Two grounders should’ve been outs, and had they been, Lakeland would’ve made it out of the inning allowing one run at most.

Six runs scored on two Grassfield singles, hard-hit balls to the outfield, that turned into inside-the-park home runs when both hits scooted past a Lady Cavalier outfielder and all the way to the fence.

Lakeland got on the board and avoided the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth. Down to their final out, Ellis kept the game going by legging out a single on a grounder to deep shortstop. Alyssa Chirico reached on a Grassfield error.

Speight, with her first at-bat of the afternoon, singled sharply into center to score Ellis and cut Grassfield’s lead to nine. Olivia Graham singled to score Chirico and make it 10-2 Grassfield.

Vici Treat and Valerie Treat tripled in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, but neither hit turned into a Lady Cavalier tally.

“We’re learning the girls. We’re learning a lot of new faces and figuring out what everyone can do,” said Lakeland head coach Steve Wood.

“Once we put everything together and start gelling, we’ll be all right,” Wood said.

In the baseball game, Wright and the Cavs worked out of jams to keep Grassfield off the board in the first two innings.

The Grizzlies opened the third inning with a single and a home run. As the rest of the night played out, two runs would’ve been plenty for the visitors.

Wright allowed eight hits and five runs, three earned runs, in six innings pitched.

For Grassfield, sophomore Jason Inghram pitched the first six innings, giving up one hit and no walks while striking out nine. The Grizzlies defeated Indian River 1-0 in their district opener Tuesday.

The Cavaliers (1-2, 0-2) and Lady Cavaliers (0-2, 0-2) host King’s Fork Tuesday with both games starting at 5:30 p.m.