Pups off to 2 – 0 start
By Patrick Yost
The Morgan County Middle School Lady Bullpup fast pitch softball team roared out of the gates last week and began the season with a perfect 2 – 0 record.
On Tuesday, behind strong pitching from eighth–grader Victoria Thomas, the Lady Pups defeated Carver Middle School 7 – 3. Thomas recorded 11 strikeouts in the six inning contest. The game was shortened because of time constraints.
In the game Laree Vanorden, seventh grade, Dee Pittman, eighth grade, Morgan Hodgson, eighth grade and Rebecca Webb, eighth grade, all recorded hits.
Defensively the Lady Pups played well, head coach Julie Jameson said. “Our defense was good. I was pleased.”
In the Carver game Jameson said she was able to substitute at will. Five sixth grade players saw game time without a loss of production, a sign that younger players are catching up on skill sets early in the season, Jameson said.
“When we made substitutions we didn’t see any change in level of play and that’s good,” Jameson said.
On Thursday the Lady Pups defeated Carson Middle School 18 – 1 in a three inning contest.
The game was called because of the run rule.
Madison Busbee, an eighth grader, recorded five strike outs after facing 12 batters.
Four Lady Pups recorded hits, including a grand slam home run by seventh grade outfielder Caroline Taylor. Taylor’s deep ball in the second accounted for four RBI’s.
Carly Hodgson, sixth grade; Taylor Bruce, sixth grade and Dee Pittman, eighth grade, also recorded hits.
The Lady Pups face Loganville on Friday at home.