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Lady Lakers finish season with 18-11 record

Payton Kinnett
Senior Payton Kinnett throws out a Greenwood runner at first base.
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In a tough draw against Greenwood in the opening round of the 4th Region tournament, the Russell County Lady Laker softball team lost 7-0 on Saturday to the eventual region runners-up.

The Lady Lakers’ contest got off to a late start after the day’s opening game went 12 innings, pushing the start time back by nearly two and a half hours.

Russell County started the game off strong, going toe to toe with Greenwood for the first three innings, taking a 0-0 tie into the fourth inning.

The Lady Lakers struggled with errors in the fourth inning, and Greenwood took a 6-0 advantage. Greenwood would go on to score one more run in the sixth inning for the final score of 7-0.

After the tournament, juniors Emma Popplewell and Mady Hatchett were named to the 4th Region All-Tournament Team.

It was the final game in a Lady Laker uniform for four seniors: Payton Kinnett, Tarryn Reynolds, Sophie Shearer, and Caroline Wells.

Russell County finished the season with an 18-11 record and a perfect 8-0 record in district play, including winning the 16th district championship.

The team’s offensive statistical leaders on the season were:

Runs – Emma Popplewell, 33

Hits – Sophie Shearer, 44

RBI – Tarryn Reynolds, 26

Doubles – Sophie Shearer and Emma Popplewell, 11

Triples – Sophie Shearer, 3

Home Runs – Emma Popplewell, 3

Walks – Sophie Shearer and Tarryn Reynolds, 9

Stolen Bases – Payton Kinnett, 6

Batting Average – Sophie Shearer, .444

In the pitcher’s circle, Reynolds started 28 of the team’s 29 games. She was the team leader with 168 innings pitched, 145 strikeouts, and accrued a 4.08 ERA. She won 15 games on the season.

See more pictures from the RC-Greenwood game on our Facebook page.

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