The Lady Rams hit the diamond ready to play April 25 and seemed to take the Lady Hawks of Myrtle by surprise.
Myrtle’s Keely Chunn led off the game with a grounder but was denied her single as Vardaman’s Anna Beth Lucius made the stop and connected with Cheyenne McKiney on first for an out. A pop foul by Emily Cook should have returned her to the plate to swing again, but Laken Lucius made the stretch and snag for out two and A. Lucius repeated her initial effort to stop Heather Smith’s attempt as well.
Vardaman’s Grace Edmondson retired the side in the top of the second with Allie Bishop’s flyout to Fugett, Lauren Coggin’s pop-up to Madison Bullard and a strike out on Amber Cook.
The Lady Rams started their drive in the bottom of the frame as A. Lucius dropped one in the hole over third and Sydney Huffman reaching on a walk. L. Lucius hit the hole over second to plate courtesy runner Laquita Hatchett and Fugett hit a liner past second for two RBI.
Kent struck outJohnna Landreth and Abby Haire and a pop-out by Edmondson took the Hawks out of the inning, but the Lady Rams would not be denied as they continued to march to a 10-0 Game One shutout.
“Thursday, we decided to play and turned it on when the raindrops started coming,” said coach Billy Dill of the win to start the series.
The Lady Rams faced tougher competition Friday as the Lady Hawks tied the game at 3-all through the second inning, but the Vardaman girls dug in with a fourth-inning run for a 4-3 lead and win to sweep the series. The Lady Rams were lifted by a triple by Fugett and a two RBI homer by Edmondson.
“Friday we hit it well early with the top of the lineup getting on and Grace had a big two-run homer but they battled us the rest of the game and we scratched out a win,” Dill said.
Rainy days and Mondays
The sweep put the Lady Rams on the playoff road set to host Jumpertown Monday, but incoming storms and tornado warnings postponed the beginning of the series. Dill said Game One would be played Tuesday in Vardaman if possible or pushed to Wednesday if needed to avoid the weather.