E-T Staff Report
Six different Eastland hitters posted two hits each in a 13-9 defeat of Dublin in non-district Class 2A softball action at DHS on Friday.
The Lady Lions fell despite another big game at the dish by Cayla Beck, who went 4-4 with all singles and stole a pair of bases. Shelby Thiebaud had a pair of hits for the Lady Lions while MeKyla Leatherwood and Kristin Rayborn each had doubles.
Amber Lewis went the distance in the circle for Dublin, allowing 13 hits and five walks while hitting one batter and striking out six. Her counterpart, Keeley Lowrance, struck out 11 Lady Lions while also pitching all seven innings to get the win.
"I was pleased with the way we hit the ball," said Dublin head coach Billy Young, whose club tallied nine base knocks in the loss. "Lowrance is a very good pitcher who has already thrown a few no hitters this year. If we continue to hit the ball like we did (on Friday), we will be in good shape."
Dublin was without key defensive player Kim Ramos, forcing a shake-up in the outfield with Mariah Reeder moving from right to center and Jessica Moore replacing Reeder in right.
"Both of them played well," Young said of Reeder and Moore. "We played pretty well on defense, and (Lewis) did a good job against a dangerous Eastland line-up. Her screw ball was really breaking early in the game. It's been a couple of weeks since she has pitched, so she faded a little late, but under the circumstances I thought she pitched very well."
Dublin is now 10-8-1 on the season