Lady Mavericks complete sweep of Benton

Manchester Academy was victorious once again in their softball rematch at home against Benton Academy, with the Lady Mavericks defeating the Lady Raiders 12-0 in four innings.

This win brings Manchester's new record to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in district, while Benton holds a record of 7-5 overall and 2-4 in district.

The first inning of the game started slowly for the Lady Raiders, who were unable to hit through the Lady Maverick defense.

The Manchester girls stepped to the plate with Kaitlyn Warren starting out as pitcher for Benton.  Sydney Porter was first to get a big hit for Manchester, and was able to advance to third base before another big hit from Lizzy Carpenter brought her home. Thea Trammell also added to the scoreboard with another big hit, bringing home Carpenter and ending the first inning with Manchester leading 2-0 over the Lady Raiders.

The Benton girls stepped up the plate again in the second inning, but despite some good hits, they were unable to get past the Lady Maverick defense and accurate pitching from Maci Lowery.

The Manchester girls took the plate again, still leading 2-0 at the bottom of the 2nd inning.

The first three batters for the Lady Mavericks made it safely on base, and with all runners in position to score, Sydney Porter stepped the plate again.  Porter slams the first big hit of the inning into left field, bringing home two more runs, and changing the score to 4-0. 

This started a ripple effect for the Lady Mavericks, as Lanie Potter, Lizzie Carpenter, and Thea Trammell landed ball after ball into the Lady Raider outfield, scoring four more runs and closing out the inning 8-0 for the Lady Mavericks.

The Benton girls took the plate once again and Lexi Boatner was first to get a big hit, landing her on 2nd base.  Boatner was able to steal 3rd base, but was unable to make it home before the Lady Mavericks gathered three outs from the Lady Raiders.

The Lady Mavericks stepped up to bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning, still leading Benton 8-0. 

By this time, Gracey Manor had taken the mound for the Lady Raiders, adding more heat to the pitches and giving the Manchester girls something different to swing at.

The Lady Raiders were determined to fight back on defense, and made several plays to keep the Lady Mavericks from scoring.  Manor was able to strike out Lady Maverick Peyton Jones, and Lady Raider Zoi Pate caught a pop fly from Manchester's Maci Lowery, stacking up two outs quickly.  Sydney Porter slammed another line drive into left field, landing on second base, but was unable to make it home after Lanie Potter was thrown out at first base.

The Lady Raiders stepped up to bat one last time in the top of the 4th inning.  Ella McCain was able to make it to first on a single, and slowly moved to 3rd by stealing bases.  McCain was unable to score however after her teammates were put out by Manchester's defense.

At the bottom on the fourth inning, the Lady Mavericks were still winning 8-0. 

A few singles from Lizzy Carpenter, Anna Kate Griffin, and Thea Trammell and the bases were loaded just in time for Presley Trammell to step up to the plate.  Trammell gets a big hit into left center field and brings home two runners.  Ryelin Levison steps up next and brings home Presley Trammell, adding another point to the board.  Maci Lowery is the last one to bat for the Lady Mavericks and with another big double to the outfield, brings home Levison and changes the score to 12-0, winning the district game for the Lady Mavericks.

"I am really proud of the way the girls played tonight," said Manchester's Coach Robert Black. "We saw two totally different pitchers and we made the adjustment well."

BA Coach Natalie Whitehead said that the game didn't go well for the Lady Raiders after several errors on the field and low performance in the batter's box.

"We had a few girls make some good plays and out pitcher's Kaitlyn Warren and Gracey Manor did a great job throwing strikes, but Manchester out hit us overall," she said.