Grapeland Defeats Lovelady, 17-0

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandiettes wrapped up the first half of district play in dominant fashion and remain undefeated in District 21-AA after their 17-0 thrashing of the Lovelady Lady Lions.

In the last two games, Grapeland has outscored the opposition 36-0 in six innings and according to Softball Head Coach Joel Barbosa, the Sandiettes “… have outscored their opponents 75-5 and have run ruled four out of their six opponents.”

Haylee Reed drives a pitch into the gap for a first inning triple during the Grapeland vs. Lovelady game on Tuesday. Reed was 2-2 with 4 RBI and 1 run scored as the Sandiettes defeated the Lady Lions by a final of 17-0.

The game against the Lady Lions was over in the first inning – literally. Cadie Belle Currie was in the circle for the Sandiettes and made quick work of the Lovelady batters. Jacy Stubblefield led off for the Lady Lions and hit a come-backer to Currie who threw to Hannah Chipman at first base for out number one.

Makayla White was up next and grounded to Kierra DeCluette at third who threw to Chipman for the second out. Currie took matters into her own hands as she rang up Amber Mikes on a swinging third strike to end the Lovelady half of the inning.

White was in the circle for the Lady Lions and by the time inning was over, she probably wished she hadn’t been. The Sandiettes scored 12 runs before Lovelady recorded an out and then added four more before the inning mercifully came to a close.

Grapeland sent 21 batters to the plate by the time the inning was over every starter on the team had scored at least once except Currie. Currie connected on two hits to drive in three but each time she reached base, Christy Shepherd was brought in as a courtesy runner. As a result, Shepherd scored twice in the inning.

After the first inning, Currie was back in the circle. After Lovelady’s Skye Watts popped up to second baseman Cheney Boyd, Sarah Thompson singled to center.

Currie caught Kaiden LeMaire looking at strike three, but Erin Sample reached on an error and moved Thompson to second. That was as far as she would get as Heather Elliott grounded into a 1-3 force to end the inning.

Diamond Maines-Dunn slaps a shot through the infield during the first inning. Maines-Dunn was 2-3 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Sandiettes tacked on another run in the second when Chipman singled stole second and third and then scored on a Currie groundout which made the score 17-0.

As the game moved into the third inning, Britt Huester led things off with a double for the Lady Lions. She moved to third on the throw but could get no further as Currie struck out Hannah York, White and Mikes to end the game.

Currie picked up the win in three innings. She held the Lady Lions scoreless on two hits and recorded five Ks.

At the plate, Grapeland was led by Haylee Reed who was 2-2 with four RBI and one run scored. Hannah Chipman also had a stellar game as she went 3-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.