PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans capped a strong first week with a season-high run total in earning a five-inning win over Clay.
Portsmouth (5-1), in their best offensive execution to date this year, posted 21 runs on 19 hits — defeating visiting Clay 21-3 in their third-straight triumph.
Though it was a season-high in runs, it wasn’t that uncommon of a sight to see Portsmouth score in high numbers.
After the 18-run decision, the Lady Trojans are averaging 13.2 runs per game as part of their 5-1 start.
Freshman Olivia Dickerson led that charge at the plate on Friday by driving in a career-best six RBI on 3-of-4 hitting.
Kyndall Kearns and Olivia Ramey batted a perfect 1.000 average — Kearns doing so with 4-of-4 hitting and two RBI and Ramey’s 3-of-3 with a walk drawn adding to her yearly average.
In a game which saw Portsmouth bring across six runs apiece in the second, third, and fourth innings, Nine Lady Trojans collected an RBI and 10 different Portsmouth players had a hit.
Emily Cheatham and Madison Perry each scored three runs apiece, while Katie Born, Faith Phillips, Kennedy Bowling, Madison Ankrom, and Shaya Kidder each had a base hit.
“Offensively we have got the job done the last week,” Portsmouth coach Kristen Bradshaw said, after the win. “The top of our lineup has really set the tone for us, and the last few games 1-9 in the order have really had some good at bats. That’s what we have been striving for, and pushing, is to have great at bats — even if you don’t win them all.”
Clay finished the contest with six hits across five innings as freshman Cassidy Bazler was the lone Lady Panther with an RBI — two of them, to be exact.
Shaley Munion had a couple of hits against Portsmouth’s pitching staff of Faith Phillips and Olivia Dickerson.
Phillips was relieved in the fifth by Dickerson after allowing just five hits and no earned runs in her four-inning performance.
“Faith has been great on the mound so far,” Bradshaw said. “Locating pitches and doing what she needs to do to allow our defense to work for her.”
Portsmouth was set to welcome West to their home field on Saturday for a non-league contest.
Clay will travel to New Boston in SOC I play on Monday (April 5) and the next day host South Webster.
Clay: 0 0 0 4 0 — 3 6 3
Portsmouth: 3 6 6 6 X — 21 19 2
Pitching: W: Faith Phillips (P), L: Preslee Lutz (C), Save: Olivia Dickerson (P)
Emily Cheatham 2-4, RBI, 3 r
Olivia Ramey 3-3, RBI, 4 R, BB
Ayonna Carr 0-1, RBI
Madison Perry 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R
Sydney Meadows 0-0, BB
Olivia Dickerson 3-4, 6 RBI, R
Katie Born 1-2, 3 R, 2 BB
Faith Phillips 1-3, 2 RBI
Kennedy Bowling 1-1, R, RBI
Madison Ankrom 1-2, H, RBI, BB
Adri Taylor R
Shaya Kidder 1-1, R, H, RBI
Kyndall Kearns 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
Megan Bazler: 1-3
Shaley Munion 2-3, R
Adrianna McCoy 1-1, BB
Jordyn Mathias 0-2, R
Kailey Ware 1-2, R
Cassidy Bazler 1-2, 2 RBI
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