By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
It was feast or famine for Cannon County's softball team during five District 8-AA games last week.
The Lionettes (13-11) went 2-3 for the week, scoring 22 runs in their two wins and no runs in their three losses.
Pitching certainly wasn't the problem as Kristen Hale threw three no hitters during the week. Jessica Elmy also was sharp in her only appearance, which resulted in a loss.
Hale earned victories with two no-hitters against York as the Lionettes took the opener 14-0 and blanked the Dragons, 8-0, in the nightcap. The three losses were gut-wrenching as the Lionettes fell to Upperman by 1-0 scores in both games, and they also lost to Macon County, 2-0.
In addition to her no-hitter against York, Hale also hurled a no-hitter at Upperman in a 1-0 setback.
"We had outstanding pitching in all five games," Lionettes Head Coach Dorinda Walker said. "Kristen was sharp in her starts and gave us every chance to win. Jessica also had a strong outing against Upperman. It's disappointing we couldn't put together enough offense to pull out those wins."
Offense was not a problem at the start of the week as Cannon County swept York in relative easy fashion. Cannon County secured an 8-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Hale pitched no-hit baseball, striking out six and walking none.
The Lionettes scored two runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to methodically pull away. Molly Williams was 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored. Madison Simons was 1-for-2 with three RBI and Julian Jones was 1-1 with two RBI. Macy Clements, Macy Williams, Livia Walker, Cheyenne Fann and Kelsie Smith also had base knocks for the Lionettes.
Cannon County wasted no time piling it on in the nightcap. The Lionettes scored nine in the first inning and five in the second and coasted to the 14-0 win. Hale secured her second straight no-hitter in the victory.
Macy Clements, Molly Williams and Livia Walker each had two hits to lead a 10-hit attack. Clements was 2-for-2 with two run scored and one RBI. Williams was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI and Walker was 2-for-2 with a triple, double, two RBI and two run scored.
Hale, Fann and Ally Parton also had hits for Cannon County.
Bees 1, Lionettes 0
Bees 1, Lionettes 0
After piling on the offense earlier in the week, Cannon County couldn't muster any in a pair of 1-0 losses against Upperman.
The Lady Bees scored the only run of each game in the first inning. The won the first game of the doubleheader without the benefit of a hit and Hale notched her third consecutive no-hitter.
Upperman scored an unearned run in the top of the first and made it stick as the Lionettes couldn't come up with a clutch hit. They collected four in the game with Macy Williams, Molly Williams, Fann and Sarah Hunt collecting one each.
The second game of the twinbill was more of the same as the Lionettes suffered another 1-0 setback. Upperman scored its only run in the bottom of the first and made it stand although Elmy put together a sterling effort, scattering four hits and allowing no earned runs.
Macy Clements and Macy Williams were each 1-for-2 and provided Cannon County's only hits.
Macon Co. 2, Lionettes 0
Cannon County suffered another frustrating setback as it could not muster enough offense to turn back Macon County in a 2-0 setback. It was the team's third consecutive shutout.
Macy Williams led a five-hit attack with a 2-for-3 performance. Hale, Clements and Molly Williams also had base hits for Cannon County.