POWHATAN – Pitchers Sarah English and Ellie Barton and their teammates behind them held the Flying Flucos to 1 hit and 2 batters over the minimum in a 6-0 shutout triumph for the Indians.
Powhatan head coach Marie Crump noted that the defense played extremely well; shortstop Maddy Hayden delivered seven 6-3 plays and Lindsey Elam in right field came up to get the ball on a big play. Barton stepped into the circle in the seventh inning and added one of three consecutive plays to first baseman Rileigh De Weese for the 3-up, 3-down frame. English earned the pitching victory, striking out 6 and allowing a double and a walk across 6 innings pitched.
“I think their progress, how they have improved from Day 1 to now is incredible,” Crump said of English and Barton, adding that the confidence they’re showing now “really speaks highly of the work ethic and just the motivation they’ve had to be successful.”
Crump added that they had good hitting this game – it was just spread-out. Eight different batters had hits for Powhatan with Briana Hensley batting 2-for-4 and scoring a run. Elam and English each smashed a double and scored a run, with English’s double plating Elam. De Weese lasered a two-run single into right field in the opening inning to put her team on the scoreboard.
English and De Weese added runs scored in the third inning, and Kota Lewis and Savannah Johnson each connected on RBI singles. Hayden added a single and a run scored in the fifth inning and Gabby Moore used her speed in the second inning to beat out the play to first base on the bunt, as well as steal second. Kayla Davis had a pair of walks and scored a run.
It was the Indians’ first victory after they took their first setback in the previous 10 games to Clover Hill (7-4) on May 3.
“We wanted to bounce back,” Crump said, “and I thought we bounced back well.”
With the Indians in the home stretch of the regular season, all games remaining are big games at this point.
“This is the point in the season where you just need to be playing your best,” Crump said.
The Indians head to Monticello High School this Thursday, May 9 to take on a team they edged out for the 2-1 win at home on April 16, then head to Louisa on May 13. They play their final regular season home game against Albemarle on May 14 and wrap-up the regular stretch at Orange on May 16.