Senior lead off batter Peyton Pusey is known for her speed, but her power was on full display Wednesday night as she belted a grand slam with 2 outs in a tie game to give Red Lion Christian Academy a 7-3 lead it would not relinquish.
The 7th ranked Lady Lions added four more runs in the 6th on 4 hits including a monster homer by Regan Mendick to left-center as they defeated No. 8 St. Marks by a final of 11-3.
The Spartans took an early lead as the first three batters of the game scored, but Lions pitcher Angelina Edwards would not allow another Spartan to score the rest of the contest.
Edwards received plenty of defensive support as left fielder Cam Hoffman reached over the foul-line fence to snare a fly ball and double up a runner at 3rd base in the fourth inning.
Then in the 5th the RLCA infield turned a double play on a grounder to shortstop Alayna Griffing – to – 2nd baseman Kimorah Neal – who fired a low throw to first base that was dug out by Mendick.
Edwards struck out 6 and allowed 6 hits to get the win. Ryleigh Thomas started the game in the circle for the Spartans but ran into control issues and was lifted in the 4th inning.
Carly Maxton finished the game in relief and at one point retired 8 batters in a row. Thomas fanned 5 batters but allowed a season-high 5 walks and was charged with 6 earned runs. Maxton struck out 6 batters and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits.
Red Lion was led by Pusey with 3 hits, 2 runs and 4 runs batted in. Edwards and Matty Meginniss each had two hits for the Lions. St. Marks catcher Morgan Hall had a single and a double to lead the Spartan offense.
RLCA improved to 6-1 while the Spartans had a 4-game win streak snapped and fell to 6-2.
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