Easy win for Lady Bulldogs

Published 8:07 pm Thursday, May 19, 2011

King’s Fork’s Megan Blythe slides into second on a stolen base as part of a Lady Bulldog rally in the first innning at Indian River Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs (12-7, 10-7) scored in all seven innings for an 18-4 win over Indian River.

CHESAPEAKE — With at least one run in all seven innings played Thursday evening, King’s Fork’s softball team cruised to an 18-4 win at Indian River as the Lady Bulldogs prepare for the Southeastern District Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-7, 10-7) got plenty of good batting practice against the Lady Braves, totaling 19 hits and having all 12 players get at least two at-bats.

KF scored two runs in each of the first three frames and scored the runs in all sorts of fashions.

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The top of KF’s order got the offense rolling in the first, with Autumn Vick doubling into leftfield and Megan Blythe knocking an RBI single into right-center.

Blythe stole second and got to keep going to third on a wild Lady Brave throw. Taylor Davis hit a grounder to third to bring in Blythe.

The Lady Bulldog slugging was more than enough to take care of Thursday’s win, but sharp base running and sacrifices kept the scoreboard ticking over even more.

Stolen bases by Jennifer Delucia, Monica Logwood and Vick helped get two runs in the second. In the third, Delucia doubled to score Kristin Moore and Niki Cuevas scored on a wild pitch.

The top four hitters in the Lady Bulldog order, Vick, Blythe, Davis and Moore, strung together consecutive singles in the fourth inning. Moore’s hit scored two runs to make it 9-0 KF.

“I think we’re getting our bats back. They kind of went quiet for a while, but the girls are getting back on the ball,” said KF head coach Richard Froemel.

Chelsea Holecek pitched the first four innings and left with a 9-2 lead. Indian River loaded the bases with one out and scored twice in the fourth, but Holecek kept KF’s lead safe getting help as Davis, KF’s catcher, picked off a Lady Brave runner at third. Holecek fired a strikeout on the following pitch to end the threat. Brittany Raynor pitched the last three innings for the Lady Bulldogs.

At the plate, the whole Lady Bulldog order did something as Moore went 4-for-5 with four RBI to lead the way. Vick went 3-for-3 with two runs and Ashley Roten, her sub in the lead-off spot, went 2-for-2 with two runs.

On Indian River’s baseball diamond, the Bulldogs (4-15, 3-14) upset the tournament-chasing Braves 5-2 behind Travis Cherry’s complete game on the mound.

Cherry allowed two hits, with no hits coming between a Brave home run, for a 1-0 lead in the first inning and IR plating a run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the third. With two outs and no one on, Noah Johnson walked and stole second. Danny Gromkoski hit an RBI single. George Riddick brought Gromkoski around with an RBI double.

Riddick blasted a three-run home run in the fifth for a 5-1 Bulldog lead.

The Braves got the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh before Cherry got the final out.

The Lady Bulldogs were supposed to be done with the regular season on Wednesday but two postponements in the last week pushed the contest with Indian River back and forced Wednesday’s game against Hickory to Saturday evening, two days before the first round of the district tournament.

Weather has been the main culprit leaving the Lady Bulldogs little practice time leading into the tourney, but Hickory’s prom, on Friday night, pushed that make-up date back a day.

The Lady Bulldogs know they’ll meet Deep Creek in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game Monday evening at Nansemond River. KF’s contest versus Hickory will decide who gets to be the home team between the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Hornets.