By Billy Jackson,
Contributing Writer, Photographer
The Lewis County High School softball team hosted Culleoka, Hickman County, and Stewart County to end regular season play.
Week seven, the final week of regular season play for the Lady Panthers, began with a home field match-up against Culleoka on Monday, April 22.
The game got off to a slow start as both teams tried to gain the scoring advantage only to be stopped cold. LCHS struck first with a lone RBI run. Culleoka countered with two runs, and the score held at 2-1 in Culleoka’s favor until the sixth inning when another Lady Panther crossed the plate to tie the game.
The game went into extra innings. Culleoka came up to bat in the top of the eighth inning and managed to get runners on base. A deep hit to right, with bases loaded and two outs, sent the Culleoka runners moving. One managed to get across the plate before their inning ended with a throw out at third base.
LCHS came up in the bottom of the inning, but could not get their bats going, so Culleoka took the win in the eighth inning with a score of 3-2.
The second game of the week took place on Tuesday in front of the LCHS student body as the Lady Panthers hosted Hickman County’s Lady Bulldogs for a school game.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when LCHS brought in 3 runs. By the bottom of the sixth, LCHS had brought another runner across the plate and held their 4-0 lead to take the victory.
In order to make up a previously rained out date, the Lady Panthers hosted the Lady Rebels of Stewart County at LCHS Field on Wednesday evening to end the 2019 regular season.
For three innings, a lot of defensive action occurred by both teams, but the game remained scoreless.
In the fourth, LCHS put 2 runs on the board to take the lead, which they held until the sixth inning.
Just when the Lady Panther fans began to think the team might pull down a win, the Lady Rebels found their stride. LCHS put another run into their column, but by the end of the sixth inning, the tables had turned in Stewart County’s favor with the score sitting at 7-3 after a string of errors by LCHS allowed runs across the plate.
In the seventh inning, the Lady Rebels sealed the deal by chalking up 4 more runs, giving them the win with a final score of 11-3.
The Lady Panthers enjoyed a season where the weather cooperated and allowed them to play every game on their schedule. They end the 2019 season with a record of 10 wins and 9 losses.
After a week to prepare, they started the double elimination district tournament on Wednesday, May 1 with a trip to Creek Wood High in Charlotte.