The Southwood Lady Knight softball team had the task of opening their season facing 2A #19 Eastern Tuesday at Southwood. With solid pitching from Eastern, allowing the Knights just two hits the Comets spoiled opening day for Southwood 14-3 in six innings.
Southwood freshman Bailey Lundmark was making her first career start on the mound for the Lady Knights and after giving up back to back singles to start the game settled down to record three straight outs to get out of the inning. The lady Knights went three up and three down and the first inning was scoreless.
Eastern would strike early in the second inning with a single and a double, capped off by a Knight error to give the Comets a 1-0 lead. A ground ball out gave the Comets their second run and were threatening to open it up when the Knight defense came up big. Shortstop Courtney Simpson faded behind third base to catch a pop up and quickly doubled off the runner on third to get out of the inning trailing 2-0. Again the Knights went out on three straight strike outs.
The Eastern bats would get hot in the third, collecting 6 hits,a walk and a hits batter to score 5 runs to take a 7-0 lead and put the Knights backs to the wall. For the third consecutive inning the Lady Knights struck out three straight times.
Jordyn Chain would take over pitching for Southwood in the fourth, giving up two hits and a run as the Knights trailed 8-0. In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Knights would finally come to life. Mikala Mettler led off with a walk and was followed by Meranda Friend reaching on an error. Courtney Simpson would then double to drive home Mettler and the Knights were on the board. With runners on second and third with no outs, Logan Hensley would then double home two runs to make it 8-3, but in the process Hensley was thrown out at third. The next two Knights struck out and it was 8-3 after four.
The Comets would score three runs in the top of the fifth on a single, a walk and a home run to increase their lead to 11-3, then score three more in the sixth for the 14-3 final.