By Jesse Lamar
HALEYVILLE - Coming off a tough loss
from the Winfield Lady Pirates, the Haleyville Lady Lions kept their
heads up and pulled out a solid 3-1 win over the Lawrence County Lady
Red Devils Tuesday, April 15.
Senior right hander Holly Ward was the only Lady
Lion that stood in the circle, delivering six strikeouts, and only
allowing three hits throughout seven innings. The Lions managed two
homeruns through the game, Payten Townsend drove on over in the borrom
of the third and Ward knocked over another in the bottom of the sixth.
The Red Devils were unable to get anything rolling
in the top of the first. Ward struck two out and the outfield took care
of the other to bring the Lion’s defense off the field. Townsend
started off with a single to get things rolling for Haleyville. AB Lowe
advanced Townsend to second with a sacrifice bunt. Perri Gilbert almost
brought Townsend across with a single, but a throw from the Red
Devil’s outfield beat Townsend back to the plate counting for the
second out on the Lions. Ward counted as the third out after a pop fly.
Another short inning from the Devils brought the
Lions back to the batter’s box. Anna Laine Godsey was the first
out after swinging on three pitches counting for a strikeout. Tori
Pendley met the same fate three pitches later. Macy West made contact
but was tagged out at first ending the inning with no points on the
The Lions took the lead in the bottom of the third
with Townsend’s solo homerun. In the top of the fourth the Red
Devils tied the score after an error from Haleyville’s defense
that allowed a runner enough time to come across home from third base.
Haleyville used a two run inning in the bottom of
the sixth to take the lead that ultimately led to winning them the
ballgame. Townsend started off the inning with a single before stealing
second then making her way to third. Lowe stood in the box for a
handful of pitches before eventually striking out. A wild pitch got
away from the catcher which bought Townsend enough time to steal home
giving the Lions the lead. Gilbert counted as the second out after
three strikes. Ward added another point to the board with a solo home
run giving the Lions a 3-1 lead that they would carry through the top
of the seventh sealing the win.
With the win the Lady Lions now hold a record of
21-12, and are currently ranked third in class 4A softball.