Emily Myers pitched a two-hit shutout to get Veterans’ season off to a good start. The Lady Warhawks beat Howard 9-0, pounding out 11 hits of their own.
The game went five innings with Myers also striking out seven while walking two. The first two frames went scoreless. The Lady Warhawks broke it open with two in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Raegan Stella helped lead the offense. She was 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Her first single helped pave the way for the runs in third. That came to lead off the inning. Jenna Thomas followed that with a single of her own. She was 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Stella made it to third on her hit and came home on a passed ball. A ground out got Thomas to third where she scored on another Trinity Thiel’s ground out. Thiel finished 2-4 and led the club in RBIs with four.
Myers helped herself with a single to start the fourth. She was replaced by Nicole Chavous, who scored on Stella’s second single. In all, five players singled that inning, while a pair of errors also played into the equation.
An error – the Lady Huskies had four; the Lady Warhawks were perfect in the field – also opened the door for the runs in the ninth.
Elsewhere, Perry improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 win over East Laurens (a 6-2 win over Northside Monday the Lady Panthers’ other victory).
Perry scored two of its runs in the third. East Laurens cut it to a one-run ballgame in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Panthers pulled away with three in the bottom half of the inning.
Terra Odom went 1-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. AliRae Dykes was 2-4 with a run driven in and one scored. Abby Ussery was 2-4 while Billie Simmons, 0-2 and Allison Peavy, 1-3, also each had an RBI.
Reagan Hughes earned the win with seven innings of work. She gave up six hits, struck out three and walked two.
Monday was also to mark the first meeting between two of Houston County’s newest coaches, Lee Kicklighter for the Lady Bears and Cherie White for Warner Robins, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate.