Lady Indians begin season on strong note
East Robertson perfect in district play so far
The East Robertson Lady Indians softball team opened its regular season with convincing wins against Nashville Christian, Springfield, White House-Heritage, and McEwen.
Prior to the beginning of regular season play, the Lady Indians played in two tournaments, the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the MTCSA Tournament in Clarksville.
East Robertson 13, Nashville Christian 1
Against District 10-A opponent Nashville Christian, the Lady Indians were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third inning when junior center fielder Erica Casey launched a three-run home run over the center field fence. Casey would follow up with a mammoth three-run homer in the fourth inning that cleared the flagpole beyond the center field fence.
Sophomore Brienna Buckman added a solo home run to right field in the same inning. Freshman Chandler Groves was 2-for-3 at the plate and senior Kelsi Mason was 2-for-4 to help pace the East Robertson attack. When the dust settled, East had won easily 13-1. On the mound, Mason struck out 10 batters and scattered two hits and three walks over five innings, picking up the win for the Lady Indians.
East Robertson 10, Springfield 0
East Robertson again started slowly on offense, leading 2-0 after four innings. The Lady Indians would add four more runs in the fifth inning, three in the sixth and one more in the seventh, ultimately cruising to a 10-0 victory.
On offense, Shawna McAdams was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Groves was 3-for-4 with three runs and Buckman, Bella Zizzi, Walton Illges and Kaleigh Pearce each added two hits.
East Robertson 6, Heritage 0
On Tuesday of last week in another district game, the Lady Indians defeated White House-Heritage 6-0. Mason picked up the win for East Robertson, striking out 13 while allowing only three hits and surrendering two walks.
“The top of our order did their job today and got on base and then the middle of the order hit well behind them,” Evans said of his squad. “We’ve added Bella Zizzi to the line-up and her additional speed at the top of the order has helped a lot.
East Robertson 5, McEwen 1
On Thursday, East Robertson defeated District 10-A foe McEwen 5-1. Mason notched another win by tossing a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts. The only run she surrendered was unearned.
The Lady Indians pushed across runs in the first and second innings by getting their lead-off batter on in each inning, successfully utilizing sacrifice bunts, and then getting clutch hits to deliver runs.