The Lady Lions christened the 2014 softball season with a opening day run-rule win, 9-1, over the Dickson Lady Comets. And a birthday gift to head coach Aaron Mullens as he celebrated his 29th birthday on opening day.
Kylie Williams took the circle for Durant and pitched four innings with seven strike-outs. Shayla Harper hit a RBI double and a RBI triple, Destinee Lewis hit a RBI, Kylie Manning hit a RBI double and Riley Andis had a RBI double.
“We settled in and swung the bats aggressively and our defense got better as the game progressed,” said Mullens. “The girls played hard and did what they were supposed to do.”
The Lady Lions trailed 1-0 after the first inning when a wayward throw from home to third base sent a Dickson baserunner home.
Durant bats started to show life in the second inning when Andis got on base with a single. Then Harper hit a screaming liner that hit off the glove of the third baseman and tied the game at 1-1.
In the third inning, the Lady Lions took the lead and never looked back.
Sydney Hampton got a lead-off double. Macy Powell put down a bunt, but the throw went wide to first base and Hampton went home to score. Lewis got on base with a single and Manning hit into a fielder’s choice, but two bad defensive throws sent Lewis and Hampton home. Manning was called out at second base. Alexa Richards kept the inning alive with a single and Andis followed with a RBI double. Then Harper stepped up to the plate and hit a RBI triple and the Lady Lions led, 6-1.
The Lady Lions put the game to rest in the fourth inning. Powell got on base with a single. Then Lewis hit a RBI single up the middle. Manning hit a line drive to the outfield wall for a RBI double and Breanna Simmons hit the ball into the infield, but the throw was low and the ball went passed the first baseman and sent Manning home for the final run.
The Lady Lions hit the road to play Bishop Kelley in a double-header district game match-up on Saturday. Game times are 10 a.m. and noon.