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Top Ranked Lewisville Challenged By McBee In Upper State Finals With Winner Advancing To The Gold Medal Round

By Billy G. Baker

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Lewisville—The Lewisville Lady Lions (24-4) were preparing to host region rival McBee as the HSSR went to press on May, 11 in the Class A upper-state softball finals, and co-head coach Jerry Thomas says the team has only “a one game strategy” in mind.

Last year, in a similar situation, Dixie came to Lewisville on a Friday needing to win two games in order to the advance to the state finals. The Hornets stung the Lions with two one run losses and advanced to challenge East Clarendon in the finals three days later.

“We had the wrong mindset last season thinking that we needed a game two option, just in case we lost in game one,” said Coach Thomas. “Right now the mission is to get it done early in the first game, keep playing with the confidence that we have in each other right now, and we have not even thought about a game two option.

“The main difference in this year’s team over our team last year is that one through four in our line-up we can hit it out of the park and we don’t have much a drop off five through seven either,” said Coach Thomas. “We are a much better hitting team over last season.”

In their 19-1 win over Ware Shoals on Monday Lewisville got a 3-4 showing from Amber Bass with six RBI’s while senior power pitcher Chole Thomas went 3-4 with five RBI’s along with a strong effort from Codi Horne who went 3-4. Abby Thomas was 2-3 and two RBI’s and Lauren Crocker was 3-3 with one RBI.

In the circle Thomas continues to have one of the best seasons of her career with 18 wins to date. In four innings against ware Shoals gave up one run, four hits and fanned six batters. Thomas helped her own cause with two home runs. Bass had a triple and a double as did Abby Thomas in the big win.

Lewisville has already defeated McBee three times this year. “McBee is capable of beating anyone they play and over the past six seasons since we have been in the same region all the games are usually within two runs of each other,” said Coach Thomas. “We beat them 4-1 in game one of the upper state playoffs and 2-0 in the last game of the regular season so we know we have our work cut out for us. We are a lot alike and they have a great pitcher we all respect and Coach (Donna) McCaskil does a great job coaching them up.”

One key for Lewisville has been the return of senior Codi Horne who has been batting clean-up after being lead-off her junior season. Horne is batting over .400 and her return has sparked the Lions on offense.

The top hitter going into the game with McBee is Chole Thomas at .593 with an eye popping 45 RBI’s. She has also pitched four no-hitters from the circle. Thomas is having a “Player of the Year” type season with 197 K’s and an ERA of 0.80. She has signed with Limestone College.

The other top hitters are Alexis Odom at .474 and Amber Bass also at .474. The team has a strong RBI contingent behind Thomas as Bass has 23, Odom 21, with Thomas and Lauren Crocker 19 RBI’s each. Ivy McCall has 18 RBI’s.

Bass is the top base stealer with 17 and Chole Thomas and Bass lead eh team with three home runs each.

The only team Lewisville has lost to in South Carolina this year is Hartsville, a 4-3 loss in the Pee Dee Pitch-Off to start the season.

The team has two first year starters in sophomore left fielder Paige Williamson and center fielder Riley Cole. Ashley Wood has been doing a good job as the designated hitter.

“We have never won a softball state title at Lewisville and we are very hungry to accomplish a state title this season,” said Coach Thomas. “The girls believe in each other and we are a very confident team right now. We just need to stay focused and get it done.”

 

 

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