Head coach Nick English and his Lady Knights are coming off a huge week which saw Upson-Lee advance to 4-0 in Region 4 play. The Lady Knights traveled up to Griffin and handed Spalding an 11-6 victory and the following day dismantled the Lady Raiders from Riverdale with a 19-0 victory in just three innings of play.
The Lady Knights have defeated Region 4 opponents Dutchtown, Riverdale, Spalding, and Stockbridge. Last season Upson-Lee lost both of their games to Spalding and Stockbridge.
“I feel like we are definitely playing better offensively this season,” said Lady Knights head coach Nick English. “We are still a little behind some of the other teams in the region as far as games played. We have had a five-game tournament rained out, a region game rained out, and a non-region game rained out. We will make the tournament games up this weekend, so that will give us some more games under our belt. We just have to continue to play well in our region to get a good seed for the Region Tournament.”
After a tough 6-1 loss to Brookstone in Columbus on Tuesday, the Lady Knights traveled to Griffin to face the Lady Jaguars of Spalding High School for a region contest.
The Lady Jags took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but it was a five-run third inning which gave the Lady Knights a lead they would not relinquish.
In the bottom of the third inning, Breanna Reviere led off with a double, followed by Rachel Bridges reaching on a Lady Jags fielding error. Alexis Pollard drove home Reviere with s single up the middle, followed by a solid single from Montana Schug, scoring Ruby Miller.
With the bases still loaded, Upson-Lee senior Hannah Watson followed with a fly ball to center field, however the ball was misplayed by the Spalding outfielder. The Lady Knights emptied the bases on the fielding error, and the Lady Knights led by a 5-1 score. Spalding added a single run in the bottom of the third inning, cutting the Lady Knights lead to 5-2.
However, in the bottom of the fourth inning the Lady Knights added five more runs to take a 10-2 advantage. Kaylee Ellington led off, reaching on a fielding error by Spalding. Upson-Lee’s Crystal Spoon followed with a solid single, as pinch runner Ruby Miller advanced to second base. Second baseman Rachel Bridges laid down a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, advancing runner to second and third bases.
Alexis Pollard followed with another base hit, scoring Miller. With the Lady Knights leading 6-2, Montana Schug, Taylor Thomas, Haley Nelms, and Hannah Watson each tallied RBI in the inning. Thomas, Nelms, and Schug each drove in runs with base hits, while Watson drove home a run with a RBI sacrifice fly.
The Lady Knights ended the fourth inning with a 10-2 lead, and held on to down the Lady Jaguars by an 11-6 score. Crystal Spoon pitched two innings, while Kailee Ellington pitched five innings. All of the runs given up by the Upson-Lee pitchers were unearned runs.
Montana Schug, whop is hitting .545 on the season, paced the Lady Knights with two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Alexis Pollard added two hits, three runs scored, and a RBI, while Crystal Spoon and Taylor Thomas each tallied a hit, run scored, and RBI. Breanna Reviere added a double and Haley Nelms also chipped in with a hit and RBI in the contest.
Playing their third game in three days, the Lady Knights absolutely demolished Riverdale by a score of 19-0 on Thursday. The Lady Knights scored eight runs in the first inning and 11 runs in the second inning. Rachel Bridges led the Lady Knights with three hits, three runs scored, and a RBI. Haley Nelms added a hit, two runs scored, and three RBI. Breanna Reviere added a hit, run scored, and RBI, while Taylor Thomas and Hannah Watson each tallied a run scored and a RBI. Darbi Callaway finished with a hit, run scored, and RBI, Bethany Smith added two runs scored, Crystal Spoon finished with two runs scored and RBI, while Kaylee Ellington chipped in with a hit and run scored.
The Lady Knights played a make-up game against Lamar County on Monday, but the results of that game were not available by press time. The Lady Knights will travel to College Park today to face Region 4 opponent North Clayton. Look in Friday’s edition of The Times for a full game recap.