Lady Cavs roll by Freedom
East Rutherford’s Savannah Davis was virtually untouchable Friday night as the Lady Cavs dusted Freedom 11-1 in six innings.
Over five innings, Davis struck out 10 Patriots and allowed just two hits. In three separate innings she struck out the side.
In the first Davis sat down the Patriots in order, all by strikeout.
“Savannah [Davis] really pitched great today,” East head coach Julie Powell said. “I can’t remember any errors because they didn’t put many balls in play.”
The Lady Cavaliers (12-5-1, 9-1) jumped ahead in the first scoring five runs highlighted by a three-run triple from Kennedi Hamrick that scored Emily Dotson, Klinnin Carson and Leanna Briscoe.
Jenna Carter got in the act in the second inning with a two-RBI double to the left-center gap to extend the Cavalier lead to 7-0.
After Carter’s double, Freedom made a switch and put Nikki Lewis in the circle. Lewis prevented a challenge to the Lady Cavs in that she threw with far less velocity than starter Haley Bumgarner.
Lewis struck out the next two Cavaliers to end the inning.
“That’s the first time we’ve seen a pitcher with that sort of speed,” Powell said. “When you get something that’s that much slower it’s going to mess with your timing a little bit.”
Davis struck out the side in the fourth but yielded Freedom’s only run of the contest. Luckily for East, Freedom left the bases loaded to end the inning.
East added runs in the fourth and fifth as Davis continued to mow down the Freedom lineup.
Carson took the circle in the sixth and kept the Patriots from cutting into the Cavalier lead allowing Hamrick to end the game in the bottom half of the frame with a two-run double securing the 11-1 win.
Dotson led the charge at the dish for East with three hits, an RBI and three runs scored. Carter had three hits and two runs scored while Hamrick’s three hits yielded four RBIs.
Davis and Raven Gray each had two hits for the Lady Cavs.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice on our hitting this past week and I think they brought their bats today,” Powell said.
East returns to action Tuesday at Shelby before closing the season with a home game against Chase on Thursday.
“The past few years it’s typically come down to us and Chase,” Powell said. “We told the girls that today and Tuesday are what we need to focus on. If we get these wins we can alleviate a lot of pressure that comes with the Chase game.”