BIG STONE GAP — The Union Lady Bears defeated the Central Lady Warriors Thursday night to stay undefeated in the Mountain 7 District.
The Lady Bears improved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the district under first year head coach Makenzie Cluesman. The Lady Warriors fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the district.
“I thought we got off to a slow start,” coach Cluesman said. “Marleigh (Duncan) pitched a good game against a good hitting team. They got a few hits at the end of the game.”
The game looked like it was going to be a duel between two young and talented pitchers. Bayleigh Allison started in the circle for the Lady Warriors and Marleigh Duncan started for the Lady Bears. The teams were held scoreless in the first three innings.
Union scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 2-0. They would go on to score one more run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the home half of the sixth to take a 5-0 lead going into the last inning. Marleigh Duncan had scattered three Central hits through six innings.
Central bats came alive in the seventh behind key hits by Olivia Mullins and Brittany Mullins to score three runs, but they would get no closer. The game ended with Union on top 5-3.
Allison was credited with the loss. She allowed five runs on 12 hits over six innings while striking out four. Duncan picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out 14.
Brittany Mullins finished the game with one hit and an RBI. Olivia Mullins had one hit and two RBIs. Reagan Dotson had two hits while Hannah Carter and Kathryn Hopkins each had a hit.
Emili Brooks led the Lady Bears with three hits and one RBI. Brooke Light and Heather Lipps each had two hits and one RBI. Kaylee Neece collected three hits while Marleigh and Emily Duncan each had one hit.
“We saw two good pitchers tonight,” Central coach Justin Sturgill said. “Bayleigh (Allison) pitched a good game for us for a freshman and Marleigh Duncan was on for them. We waited too long to start hitting.”