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LCHS suffers 3 straight losses; Barnhill collects 28 combined strikeouts in 2 games

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Lynchburg-Clay's Noel Barnhill is pictured during the Lady Mustangs' tri-doubleheader Saturday. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The past three games for the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs have seen them play hard, but the final results didn’t go in their favor as they’ve suffered losses on Saturday to Zane Trace and Williamsburg, and on Monday to the North Adams Lady Green Devils in a conference makeup game that was previously delayed. 

Against Zane Trace on Saturday (April 9) in their first game of a tri-doubleheader, LCHS lost by a 4-2 score in non-conference action. 

Lynchburg-Clay led early on with a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but Zane Trace came back with three runs in the top of the third. LCHS scored their final run in the bottom of the fifth, and the Lady Pioneers scored their final run in the top of the sixth inning. 

Zane Trace totaled six hits in their win, and LCHS collected eight hits. ZTHS committed two errors, while LCHS had three errors. 

Noel Barnhill was the leader at the plate for LCHS, as she was 3-for-4 with a double.

Caitlyn Collins went 1-for-3 with one run and one walk. Autumn Griffith was 1-for-3 with one walk. Sophia Michael went 1-for-3, and Madison McMullen finished 1-for-2 with one walk. Reese Ruble went 1-for-2 in the loss. 

Also for LCHS, Jazzy Brown scored one run and walked twice. Steals by LCHS were collected by Madison Baker, Collins, Ruble and Brown. 

Barnhill was charged with the loss in the circle as she pitched a complete game of seven innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks, as she finished with 13 strikeouts. 

Barnhill threw 112 pitches, 79 for strikes. 

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LCHS    100 010 x — 2 8 3

In their second non-conference game on Saturday (April 6), the LCHS Lady Mustangs lost to Williamsburg, 6-1 at Lynchburg-Clay High School. 

LCHS scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Williamsburg scored their first run in the top of the third, followed with a run in the top of the fourth, two runs in the fifth and a run each in the sixth and seventh innings. 

Williamsburg collected 11 hits against LCHS, while the Lady Mustangs finished with two hits. LCHS committed three errors, and WBHS had one error. 

Kami Collins was 1-for-2 with a walk for LCHS, and teammate Madison McMullen went 1-for-3. 

Jazzy Brown scored the lone Lady Mustangs run as she also forced a walk. Caitlyn Collins had an RBI for the Lady Mustangs. Also drawing a walk was Brya McClain. 

McMullen (two), McClain, Kami Collins and Brown all had steals. 

Brown pitched five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk, totaling six strikeouts.

Baker pitched one inning, allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks. She finished with two strikeouts. 

Lily Doughman pitched one inning, allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks. 

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LCHS    000 001 0 — 1 2 3

Monday (April 8) the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs lost a makeup, delayed game at North Adams High School to the Lady Green Devils, 1-0 in eight innings in a Southern Hills Athletic Conference contest. 

LCHS finished the game with three hits, while NAHS had two hits. LCHS committed one error in the loss. 

Caitlyn Collins was 2-for-3 with a steal, while Madison McMullen went 1-for-3. Brown forced one walk.

Barnhill pitched 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run off two hits and three walks, finishing with 15 strikeouts. 

The Lady Mustangs are now 2-4 overall this season. 

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NAHS    000 000 01 — 1 2 0  

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