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Second Ranked Lewisivlle Class A Softball Focused On Finishing Strong & Competing For State Championship

Second Ranked Lewisville Focused On Finishing Strong As Class A Softball Playoffs Near

By Billy G. Baker

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Lewisville—By the time Lewisville (17-4, 7-0) gets into the thick of competition in the upcoming Class A softball playoffs the second ranked Lady Lions will look back on a super tough non-region schedule having learned a lot from the four losses they have endured thus far during the 2018 season.

The team went 2-2 at the high profile Grand Strand Classic hosted by Myrtle Beach High over Spring break. The Lions defeated Parkland High of West Virginia and Livonya High from New York by the 10-0 run mercy rule in both games. Senior pitcher Chole Thomas tossed a perfect game against Livonya and allowed just one hit against Parkland.

In the third game of the tournament the Lions were matched against AAAAAA power Tallwood, Va and they lost a hard fought game 5-3. Then Greenbrier Christian out of Virginia, with their six straight state titles, defeated Lewisville 4-3.

“We feel great about where we are now and we could have won any of the four games we lost with just one timely hit,” said Lewisville co-head coach Jerry Thomas. “We have already clinched our region and are looking forward to having a little breather for a day or so before we play host Mid-Carolina on Thursday (April, 12th). We have already played 21 games so far which is probably more than most teams have played in Class A and we hope our tough non-region schedule gives us advantages in the playoffs when we will see good pitching.”

Lewisville has never won a softball state championship but in the past six years they have won six region titles, five district championships and played in two upper state finals. One can feel a sense of urgency hovering around the program as the playoffs near. “We certainly have been knocking on the door,” said Coach Thomas. “We have just not been able to get that timely hit when we needed it. We have several chances to beat Dixie at home last year but we lost two one run games and we just could not get a hit with runners on base when we needed it and that is what can happen when you face dominant pitching the further you advance in the playoffs.

“We are focused now at being more patient at the plate because at the Beach we chased a lot balls in our two losses and hit pop-ups on the infield at crucial times and we need to correct this,” said Coach Thomas. “We need to take a little better control of the strike count.”

Multiple hits and RBI leaders in their two wins at the Grand Strand Classic included Thomas, outfielder Alexis Odom, catcher Ivy McCall, Paige Williamson, third baseman Amber Bass and infielder Abby Thomas.

One bit of great news for the Lions of the return of veteran catcher Codi Horne who is back as a designated hitter going five for 9 in the Grand Slam Classic. “Codi is just hitting for us right now and we hope she can return to catch for us about when the playoffs start,” said Coach Thomas.  Sophomore Ashley Woods is also back from an injury and she is in center field.   

The stats leaders as of April, 5th include Thomas at .569 with 36 RBI’s and three home runs. Odom is at .525 with 16 RBI’s and Bass is at .475 with 17 RBI’s. Odom and Bass have each had two home runs.

Ivy McCall, Lauren Crocker, and Williamson have contributed 15, 9 and 9 RBI’s respectively. Odom leads the team in runs scored with 33.    

In the circle Thomas, who has signed with Limestone College, is have a dominating senior season. She has fanned 151 batters in 105 innings of work with an ERA of 1.00 with a 13-4 record.  “Chole is having one of her best years in the circle and her hitting is coming back also,” said Coach Thomas. “She is hitting the ball strong and hard.

“Our goal is to peaking at the right time in the playoffs and make the adjustment from in the pitching we see as we advance in the playoffs,” said Coach Thomas. “We didn’t like the way our season ended last year and we are hoping to finish strong and make it to the finals this year.”

 


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