Lady Pounders Sharp On Eve Of Another Tournament

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - by David Jenkins

Another weekend, another tournament for the Central Lady Pounders.

But first, this important district game ...

The Lady Pounders, having played in a tournament every weekend this season, earned a needed 6-AA district win Thursday night over the Hixson Lady Wildcats before joining a dozen other teams in Summit at Ooltewah's annual invitational. Getting a complete game three-hitter from ace Chasidy Ainslie, Central earned its 21st win of the season, 6-0.

It also gives Coach Leanne Shurette's team a 4-1 district mark and a rebound win after being tumbled by East Hamilton on Tuesday.

"We've really benefitted from playing in all these tournaments," the coach said. "We've gotten so many at-bats. Our defense has been exposed to so many situations to learn. I feel it's really prepared us for the district tournament."

And beyond?

"Definitely beyond," she replied.

Ainslie threw one of her best complete games Thursday, allowing only a one-out single to Breanna Elliott in the fifth and two singles in the sixth before retiring the last four hitters in order. She only struck out one in the effort.

"This was really one of the best nights our defense has has," Shurette said. "I feel like we've had some games where the defense did not play up to the caliber of the pitcher and hitting we've been getting."

The hitting was plenty adequate Thursday. The Lady Pounders generated 10 hits, including three from offensive production machine Brook Womack. From her leadoff spot, she contributed a single, a two-run homer and two runs scored. Freshman Alexis Grampp got the scoring going with a two-out RBI double in the first inning and closed out a three-run sixth with a RBI single.

Ainslie also had an RBI single and Brooke Eller contributed two hits and a run from the No. 2 slot.

But Thursday's game was only the beginning of Central's work weekend. Today, they're scheduled to face Whitwell at 5:30 and Farragut at 8:30 with a Saturday morning pool meeting with McMinn County close behind.

"We lost our second baseman this week, so we're starting three freshmen," Shurette said. "But we're ready."

Central 120 003 0 -- 6 10 0

Hixson 000 000 0 -- 0 3 2

C. Ainslie and Powell; Penney and Riley.


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