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Mathews nips MHS girls 2-0

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Members of the the Middlesex High varsity softball team include, front row from left, Maggie Hall, captains Chelsea Lewter, Amanda Brown, Whitney Walton and Danielle Montgomery, Heather Blankenship, and Ieasha Lee, who was brought up from the MHS JVs; back row, Raquel Pierce, head coach Wade Traynham, Meagan Payne, Olivia Wilder, Susan Dunaway, Kristen Andrews, Ashley Lane, Ashley Williams, Katherine Wood and assistant coach Chuck Brown. Not pictured is Chelsi Blake. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Mathews, undefeated in the Tidewater District, downed Middlesex 2-0 on Tuesday in Saluda.

Mathews scored one run in the fourth inning and another in the sixth inning.

The Lady Chargers scattered 3 hits, while their defense kept the score within reach.

Lady Charger coach Wade Traynham praised his team. “It was a great effort. We played well. I’m very proud of them. They worked hard.”

Middlesex shortstop Amanda Brown recorded 7 putouts and fielded a sharp hit up the middle and threw out the runner at first base. Brown also singled.

Maggie Hall had an “outstanding” defensive play at third, said Traynham. She fielded a grounder, stepped on third, and threw to first base for a double play to stop a Mathews threat.

Second baseman Chelsea Lewter knocked down two hard line drive shots for outs.

Ashley Lane pitched well and gave up only one earned run.

Raquel Pierce and Ashley Williams each singled.

The Lady Chargers face King William today, May 14, at 4 p.m. in Saluda. A win by the Chargers (4-3) would tie them with King William.

The Tidewater District Tournament begins on Tuesday, May 19, at 5 p.m when the #4 seed plays at the #1 seed; and the #3 seed plays at the #2 seed. These semifinal pairings will not be known until Sunday.

The district softball championship will be at Mathews on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

posted 05.13.2009

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