The biggest hit for the Lady Knights came in the third inning, when Alexis Schlein hammered a ball over the right-field fence for a grand slam and a 14-1 lead. They finished off the Lady Panthers in a mercy-rule shortened three innings.
The win was the 10th in the past 11 games for the Lady Knights (11-4-1, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA), and eighth in a row.
“We’re just trying to keep doing little things right,” Lady Knights coach Colette Cassedy said.
For the first time in six games, the Lady Panthers (3-9-1, 0-3) accomplished what no other team had been able to do against the Lady Knights – score a run. They got on the board quickly in the first inning as Heather Hammett struck out but advanced to first on a wild pitch. Jess Ellis then doubled her home for the lead.
That run, and a second-inning leadoff single by Michelle White, would be all the Lady Panthers would get off Evans starting pitcher Lexi Dodgen, who struck out six and walked none.
The Lady Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Elyssa Melton doubled home a run, Taylor McChesney singled in a run, and Schlein had an RBI groundout.
Lady Panthers pitcher Katherine Pringle (0-3) struggled with her control and walked six. She was undone by her defense in the third inning, when the Lady Knights scored seven runs on two hits and three errors.
The Lady Knights quickly loaded the bases in the third inning, and with one out, Schlein hit her home run, finishing with five RBI.
“We’re a better team than what you just saw,” Lady Panthers coach Donnie Burch said. “The girls know it, I know it, and we all know it. The things we do in practice we need to transfer over to the field.”