Lawrence splits doubleheader with Decatur

By: 
Haley Hagen • couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
Erika Gonzalez makes the tag for Lawrence as the Decatur runner  attempts to steal and is called out by the umpire.  The Tigers lost the first game of the softball doubleheader, 11-7; but took the nightcap, 6-1, starting with this kind of play in the first inning.    Haley Hagen photo

   LAWRENCE - The Lawrence Tigers softball team split a doubleheader this week with the visiting Decatur Raiders, dropping the first game, 11-7, then retaliating in the second game with a 6-1 win.
   Decatur wasted little time taking the lead in the opener. The Raiders were up by six runs in the third inning, when Tiger Ahlexis Vasquez laid down an RBI bunt to bring in Camila Mancera, cutting the Raiders’ lead to 7-2. The next batter, Valerie Norris, added another run to the board when she hit a solo homerun to end scoring in the third inning and make it a 7-3 game.
   Over the next three innings, Decatur girls added three runs to their lead, then Lawrence found some momentum in the bottom of the sixth inning. A double by Morgan Coombs brought in two runs for the Tigers, cutting the Raider lead to 10-5. Catalina Mancera followed by earning an RBI that brought in Coombs; but, it was the last run of the inning. 
   Each team scored one more run during their final at bats, and the game ended in the Raiders’ favor, 11-7.  
   Pitching for the Tigers was junior Peyton Murney, who finished the game with 11 strikeouts.
   The second game went better for the young Tiger team. Vasquez hit an RBI to bring in Peyton Murney in the first inning for a one run lead. The Tigers stretched their lead to five runs in the fourth inning. Vasquez hit a long triple to score two runs, and then stole home on a passed ball. Her three runs gave Lawrence its 6-1 advantage when the game was called due to fading daylight. The winning pitcher was Norris, who had 12 strikeouts, and gave up just one hit. 

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